Some of the amateur body builders in the gym do not get the progress they want and get disappointed and start losing. Don’t let yourself be one of those. Weight training is a great sport if you follow the manners attached to it and it is possible to get good results if you know a few basics.
You need to look at the following pitfalls:
1- Never make unrealistic expectations and go for advertised supplements by different companies who are there in the market just to make money. Most of these supplements have steroids that can give you a temporary benefit but resulting in serious damages in the end or after some time. Most of the companies advertise by having photos of competition body builders on their magazines. Please understand that these photos are very misleading because they are of professional competition body builders and we cannot achieve that easily and over a shorter period of time. Almost 95% of us can never achieve that body. So keep this in mind. You need to make a proper routine and be persistent with it and this way you would be ahead of many others in the gym.
2- Poor exercise selection is another reason for not having good progress. Most of the guys focus on small isolated exercises like pec deck fly, leg extension, bicep curls, lateral raise etc. These all exercises are there to just shaping or toning and don’t make muscles. So you need to focus on exercises like dead lifts, squats, shrugs, dips and so on. If you follow these exercises, you can build some serious muscles. It should be kept in mind that most of the commercial gyms know that there is a chance of getting injury by having heavy exercises and for that a proper training by an instructor is required. They normally have smaller number of instructors and that is why focus on smaller exercises that do not need much of instructions.
3- Again, most of the instructors in the commercial gyms tell you that you need to do the exercises 4-5 times a week. This is because they want you to come more to their gym so that they can charge you every time you come and make money. This is the reason that they focus on isolated smaller exercises and not on compound exercises. We can tell you that if you focus on compound exercises, you really don’t need to do them more than twice a week. So keep an eye on it and not let your instructors to charge you more for what you can achieve in less.
By following these instructions, we are sure that you can get good results and not get desperate in any way.