Gym Limbo: Doing the same exercises and/or routine because you’re too scared, lazy, or narrow minded to learn and do other exercises.
The consequence: an imbalanced physique.
Have you been there? If you have it was most likely when you first started lifting. I know it was at least for me.
I would learn an exercise, become familiar and comfortable with it and then do the same exercise repeatedly through out the week. The problem is that in doing so I would isolate certain muscles and neglect to build others. So now I am having to play “catch-up,” because some muscles are more developed than others. For me this is my hamstrings and glutes.
I use to not do isolation as often and at a higher intensity for hamstrings and glutes, which means now I am working them hard 2-3 times a week because the muscle I have built on my upper body is more advanced than my lower body. This is partly because I don’t enjoy doing legs/glutes as much as I do back and arms. When I do work back or arms, I work at a higher intensity and push myself because to me these exercises are more “fun.” I occasionally enjoy doing legs, but for the most part I don’t, so I use to just go through the motions and not push myself. My attitude towards doing legs was bad, so I would perform the exercises apathetically and be like “Okay, I did that. I can check that off.” I didn’t put as much effort into them as I did other exercises I enjoyed, and this eventually caught up with me.
It’s natural to be more enthusiastic about things that seem more fun to you. But in fitness, you can’t allow this to effect your workouts, because it will affect your physique. Your attitude is everything in the gym. It plays a huge role in how your workout is going to be. Psych yourself up and do the things you don’t want to because they will pay off.
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