Opting for strength training is a great decision for everyone, irrespective of their age or weight. It does a lot of good for your present as well as future health. However, it’s important to note that thousands of people get injured due to strength training every year as they make one common mistake or the other.
Even when you have been doing it for quite some time, and think that you can do it perfectly and no risks are involved, you might not be correct all the time. Starting out on your muscle-building journey can be a tough endeavor. From training to supplementation, getting the right balance can be difficult, but we’re here to make it easy for you.
Here are 10 mistakes you should avoid if you want to build muscle without sacrificing your health.
1- Overworking Accessory Muscles
I’ll see many new guys in the gym doing 10 sets of forearm curls for absolutely no reason. Overworking smaller muscles will take away your potential to perform the more important compound exercises.
For example: say you’re doing an overload on the forearms, well if you try and deadlift tomorrow, your grip will most likely give out and not allow you to perform the exercise.
Solution: Focus on the main muscle groups first and leave accessory exercises towards the end for 3-4 sets. It is also important to remember that compound exercises normally will work the smaller accessory muscles. For example: You perform a wide-grip pulldown for lats, but you’re also working your biceps and forearms.