Common Mistakes Made in the Gym, From an HGH Perspective
Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to step up and buy Human Growth Hormone (HGH) through the legal process of seeing a doctor, getting blood work and physical exam, get evaluated and undergo hormone replacement therapy at our clinic. And to get the most benefit from your treatment, you have committed to get in the gym and add some serious strength and muscle mass…great!
Now, it’s a matter of meeting your goals safely and efficiently. We don’t prescribe HGH for bodybuilders, but our patients who go on HGH and change their lifestyle by working out and eating right, will notice significant improvements to their health, strength, endurance and overall well being.
Let’s face facts: in today’s fast-paced society, your time is precious. In fact, quite often the main difference between success and failure is effective time management. To put it bluntly, every activity you do needs to be done as expeditiously as possible. This includes your time spent working out.
Being Physically Fit is Not an Option
Being in top physical condition is so crucial to your success. Achieving great bodybuilding results will skyrocket your energy levels, improve blood flow to your brain, enhance creativity and make you ready to overcome any and all obstacles in your path to success and attaining your goals.
Whether you are on a hormone replacement therapy program or not, you must make bodybuilding a part of your life. By bodybuilding we mean focusing on developing your muscles, working on increasing your stamina through cardiovascular exercise and making diet science a serious focus in your life so you can lose fat and eat foods that are healthy and nutrient dense.
Therefore, it is vitally important to use your time in the gym correctly, to both obtain maximum benefit from your training and prevent injury. This means avoiding the common pitfalls that many people fall into. Here is a list of mistakes to be aware of:
- Working out too long. At first, this may seem counter-intuitive. After all, is it possible to have too much of a good thing? YES! Long, extended sessions in the gym will tax your nervous system, as well as your muscles. The result is a flood of cortisol (The “stress hormone”) flooding your body. Rather than building muscle and strength, excess cortisol will have a catabolic (breakdown) effect… precisely what’s not needed. As a rule, long workouts lasting more than one hour tend to be counter-productive.
- Not working out long enough. This too can be a problem. Training for 15 minutes a few times a week, while better than nothing, will not deliver the results you are looking for. The right program will strike a balance between too little and too much. As a rule, 45 minutes to an hour will be just about right.
- Using too much weight. Proper form is essential in any type of resistance/strength-building training, especially weight-lifting. It may look cool to handle monstrous poundage, but if your form is sloppy, you will be risking injury, as well as being used as an example of how not to train. In most gyms, there’s always “that guy” that yells, screams and cheats in a futile effort to impress. Don’t be that guy. Stick with proper form.
- Using too little weight. Again, what you need is the correct balance. You won’t see increases in your muscular size, shape, and strength by tossing around 3 pound, plastic dumbbells. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself by adding weight to your routine, provided your form stays correct.
- Not having a training plan. Once you’re in the gym, don’t waste time. The best way to avoid this trap is to have a definite, specific plan of attack. An excellent way to do this is to write down the body part you’ll be training, the exercises you will use, how many sets and repetitions, and how much weight to use. By doing this, you can quickly get into a rhythm and work out with a purpose. This is also the best way to dodge the many distractions in the gym (televisions, reading while doing cardio, inane chatter, etc.).
- Being one-dimensional. No question about it. Strength and muscle are important…vitally important. But stamina, cardiovascular health, flexibility, explosiveness, balance, and fluidity are also critical components of fitness…especially as we age. Most people tend to gravitate toward their strengths (i.e., men like to build muscle, women want to stretch). But men need flexibility and women need power. Strive for a well-balanced approach to all-around fitness.
- Not staying hydrated. There are many energy boosts being promoted, and while sports drinks do have an occasional role, good old fashioned water should be your go-to beverage while working out. Dehydration has serious consequences, so don’t let it happen to you. Also, consider this: muscles are 70-80% water. Enough said.
- The wrong kind of warm-up. It’s never a good idea to walk into the gym and start blasting into a grueling workout. There are two kinds of warm-ups: general and specific. Examples of general warm-ups would be exercises like jumping jacks, running in place, or five slow minutes with a stationary bike or rowing machine. A specific warm-up would be doing a set of your first exercise with a light weight. Don’t neglect warming-up, but don’t overdo it, either. Save most of your energy for your main workout.
- Not changing your workout. This does not mean switch your routine every other week. You need to give a new routine sufficient time to produce results. However, always keep in mind the SAID Principle (Specific Adaption to Imposed Demands). In plain English, what this means is that after time, your body adapts to whatever stress you are placing on it. Usually, this is great. Without this ability, our evolution would have stopped millions of years ago, and we’d be as extinct as dinosaurs. But in the gym, this fantastic example of the body’s incredible ability to adapt is not our best friend, but our worst enemy. The takeaway is this: obtaining muscle mass and significant bodybuilding results are not easy, especially when your body adapts to the same routine. Don’t be afraid to tweak your routine and add or subtract specific exercises or exercise protocols.
- Not concentrating. Anything worth doing is worth 100% of your effort. Think of what you’re doing, and aim to develop a mind-muscle connection. This is merely imagining your muscle working as you’re performing each repetition. By concentrating with a laser-like focus, you will both make more progress quicker and avoid injury.
- Expecting too much, too quick. With the rare exception of a few gifted, genetic freaks, most people need to look at progress in the gym as a marathon, not a sprint. Never forget that you are competing with yourself, not anyone else. Stick with it, and the results will come.
- Ignoring the cool-down. Finally, once your last set and rep are completed, don’t just run to the locker room, then jump in your car. A few minutes of stretching and self-massage will work wonders for preventing soreness and increasing blood flow.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Replacement Therapy has the potential to be life-altering, and deliver so many benefits, from weight-loss and new-found vigor to better sleep and increased internal health. Make it even more effective by getting in the gym, and doing things correctly.
Keep the above points in mind. Our clinic does not prescribe HGH injections for bodybuilding, or bodybuilders or muscle development. We do not provide HGH therapy for professional athletes seeking steroids or performance-enhancing drugs (PED’s); we work only with ordinary adult men and women who reside in the United States and have genuine Adult-Onset Growth Hormone Deficiency.
Therefore, agreeing to get your blood tested and a physical exam, doesn’t automatically qualify you for HGH injections — you must have a clinical necessity and symptoms. Please read the articles on our website and give us a call today with your questions, we would like to speak with you.
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