1 You always stick to the same workout
Change your programme after four to six weeks, otherwise you get into a pattern and you stop producing results because your body has hit a plateau,’ he says. As well as changing your workout, you can mix it up by cross training – try a circuit or kickboxing class once a week.
We all tend to repeat the things we like doing, so it’s no wonder that once we find a workout that suits us we stick to it. Archer advises against this. ‘Change your programme after four to six weeks, otherwise you get into a pattern and you stop producing results because your body has hit a plateau,’ he says. As well as changing your workout, you can mix it up by cross training – try a circuit or kickboxing class once a week.
2 You copy the hardcore gym members
It’s easy to think that to get as ripped as the guy in your gym who wows all the female instructors with one-armed press-ups, you have simply to follow his lead. ‘People see someone lifting a heavier weight or using a certain technique and rather than ask them what they’re up to they just copy them,’ says Archer. The problem is that without knowing what someone else’s fitness aims are, copying them could land you with unexpected results or an injury. ‘The best solution is to read magazines and do your homework before you hit the gym. Be careful who you take advice from, because some fitness instructors are not highly qualified and won’t necessarily know what is best for you.’
3 You go every day
You may be someone who can’t do anything by halves, but working out every day is not sustainable – either physically or mentally. ‘If you go every day you won’t be able to maintain a useful intensity and you’ll get bored,’ says Archer. ‘It becomes a chore and you’ll start missing sessions, beating yourself up about it and losing motivation.’ Incorporate proper rest days into your schedule. ‘Take the dog for a walk, or go to the gym but use the sauna and Jacuzzi to chill out,’ he suggests.