Fab Five: Mistakes to avoid at the gym

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meyers_troy_blog.jpgTroy Meyers, one of the owners of JockBoyLocker.com, has been a certified personal trainer and sports conditioner for more than five years. Meyers offers his five tips on the biggest mistakes to avoid when starting a workout program:

1. Setting unrealistic goals. When you start a workout program, make sure that your goals are realistic and reachable. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to reach goals, which leaves most people quitting and giving up on working out. Set short-term goals, track your progress and set new goals once you achieve your original ones.

2. Starting out too fast. Don’t go to the gym in the first few weeks of working out thinking you are going to follow a workout program all the way through. Give your body time to adjust to the new routine. Your muscles are going to be sore your first couple of times lifting weights. Over-doing can cause injury and discourage you from going back to the gym.

3. Focusing on one thing. You are only going to the gym to gain muscle, so all you need to do is lift weights. You are only going to the gym to lose weight, so you only do cardio. As you are going to the gym, you don’t need to worry about what you are eating. Wrong. You need a complete program when going to the gym. A well-balanced routine including weight training, cardio training and good nutrition. That is what’s needed to achieve any goal you set for yourself.

4. Losing track. You are in the gym to lose weight, gain muscle or both. You set your goals and are working your routine. How do you know if your goals are being met? Write it down. Keep a workout journal and always bring it to the gym. Its hard to make progress if you don’t know what you’ve been doing.

5. No guidance. Most gyms have personal trainers on staff. They are there to help you. Find out if your gym offers a free fitness evaluation and take advantage of it. The trainer can help set goals and determine a starting point. Also, make sure its ok with your doctor to work out.

Fab Five is a regular feature that quizzes personalities about sports-related topics. Got someone you’d like to see featured? E-mail me with ideas.

Catch up on past Fab Fives:

Marynell Meadors on building the Atlanta Dream from scratch.
Michelle Martin on starting and sticking with a fitness routine.
Mark Pettit on how the Atlanta Dream should reach gay fans.
Gary Sisney’s tips for watching the Super Bowl.
Philip Rafshoon on page turners for the sporty type.
Mike Horton’s gay sports hopes for 2008.

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