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Here are three of the mistakes, that I’ve observed , me and many of my friends have made over the past few attempts at building muscle and losing fat.

Consulting the Internet for Muscle Building Workouts and diets

Not all the stuff on the internet are credible, but that does not mean that most are either.

When it comes to building muscle, I’ve seen some sites, pages, or posts that contain workout lists and programs that actually work [for a time]. I’ve actually followed a number of workouts from other websites in the past, and they did not work as well for me as I would from an instructor.

The reason why they will only work for a short span of time is because it’s either the workouts are incomplete and are only up to a certain degree.

In building muscle, we eventually get to points called plateau phases wherein there’s a huge hurdle to get over just to get to the results we want.

Most internet exercises are single-paged workout plans that only have 2-3 types of exercise per muscle group. Although they will work primarily and work well at that, eventually, it gets old and adding weight will just not cut it.

Also, most internet workouts do not have an end-game in mind, nor does it have any feedback mechanism that can tell you what to do next once you’ve built enough or done enough of the workouts.

I’ve seen and consulted a lot of professionals and people with good body builds and I’ve actually learned far more information that can get me to how I want my body to be from them rather than getting workouts off the net.

Working Out Too Much and Eating/Resting Too Little

Working out too much and not eating enough will lead to muscle burnout.

I know generally, we’re all in a hurry to get what we want. But it’s also important for muscle growth to have the right amount of recovery time.

Back in high school I worked out at home all the time without getting any results. Back then, I ate very light and slept quite less.

During college, there was a time when I worked out everyday as well and did not see any changes in muscle mass.

Sleep and rest as well as nutrition is just as important as the workout itself, if not even more important for people who really want to build muscle.

Being Impatient and Reckless

Working out at the gym is generally safer than most physical activities, however, it is extremely important to practice safety.

I’d have to say me and one of the greatest body builder and martial artist this world has ever known share something in common when it comes to lifting weights. And that is we were both victim to a bit of recklessness.

Bruce Lee, the above mentioned legend, injured himself while performing a good morning barbell exercise. It cost him quite a lot of downtime which he used still positively to his advantage.

Likewise, I have injured my shoulder by not being able to lock it properly during a pull-up. Which eventually led me to rehab and the study of proper safety in working out.

Remember, safety first.

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