By Jessica Miller, Published on Apr 18, 2020
If you head to the gym on a regular basis, you’ll know that it can be pretty intimidating – especially if you’re new to the whole exercise game. Because of this, many women try and slink into the background and do their own thing as the beefcakes and exercise addicts pump their iron in the foreground. So, it’s no wonder that so many women are making mistakes. However, these mistakes could be doing you more harm than good, so David Beckham’s former personal trainer, Shona Vertue, has now revealed the biggest mistakes that women make at the gym, and how you can rectify them.
Focusing on specific areas
Many women have certain areas of their body that they aren’t happy with, and so they head to the gym with Googled workouts in their hands of how to reduce belly fat or perk up their derriere. However, what Shona wants you to know is that focusing on specific areas is a complete waste of time. No matter what part of your body you want to tone up or lose weight on, it’s important to ensure that you are working on your whole body at once. Targeting specific areas won’t have the desired effect you’re looking for and will just waste your time when you could be being more productive.
Not lifting enough
Hands up if you have ever made your way into the weight section of the gym and then quickly retreated back into your own little corner with the smallest dumbbells in your hand? We wouldn’t be surprised if most women had done that. One of the main reasons for this is because weights can be intimidating, and many people associate lifting heavy weights with huge muscles and bodybuilder-like-physiques. But what if we told you that that wasn’t the case? Shona believes that women aren’t lifting heavy enough weights in the gym, as this will not only help you lose weight and stay healthy in the long run, but also make you feel empowered.
Taking the wrong advice
If you’re new to the gym, or whether you just don’t feel confident in such a place, it can be easy to simply listen to someone who you believe knows their stuff. This could come in the form of a social media influencer, or someone you know who is posting all of their fitness content for the ‘Gram. Shona notes that following these people could lead you to serious injury or disappointment because you’re not achieving the desired results. If you really want to make a difference and jump on the fitness bandwagon, follow the advice of reputable personal trainers and those you can really trust.
Heading to the gym can be a tough trip, but it doesn’t have to be. One of the main reasons why many women feel so unsatisfied at the gym is because they are making the same mistakes as so many others across the world. When you realize that you’re making these mistakes, you can get back on the right path.