The gym can be an exciting, yet slightly intimidating place to be at times. There are all kinds of wonderful characters to be found in the gym, making it an awesome place to socialise and make new friends. With that said however, you head to the gym to workout and exercise. When you train at the gym, you are investing in yourself and are helping to ensure that you have a future. Exercise isn’t just something we do to pass the time, it is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. It isn’t however, as simple and straight-forward as some people would have you believe. To show you what we mean, we are now going to take a look at 4 mistakes that men make in the gym.

Not warming up

We don’t care how pressed for time you are, how ‘warm’ you already feel, or how much you hate warming up before working out, as there is absolutely no excuse for ever skipping a warm up before training. Warming up and stretching helps to boost circulation, it increases core body temperature, it increases muscle elasticity, it gets your heart rate up, it increases flexibility, and it helps to prevent injury. Jumping straight into a workout without warming up is a guaranteed way of hurting yourself, so never skip a warmup. Ever!

Using the gym as a dating site 

Okay, we know you’re a red-blooded male and if you’re single then the gym is as good a place as any to potentially meet a new romantic partner. However, when you go to the gym, you’re there to exercise and work out, not scout for dates. The women at the gym are there to train and exercise, not be ogled at or hit on, no matter how awesome they may look. By all means say hello and be friendly, but don’t treat the gym like a dating site purely for checking out and hitting on women.

Being a jock with your gym bros

Training with a buddy, or buddies, is a great way of motivating one another. You can spot each other, encourage each other, and there will also be an element of friendly rivalry between you all. If you’re training that’s fine, but if you and your friends are being loud, obnoxious, and are too busy cracking jokes and messing around instead of training, that needs to change, and fast. If you want to socialize and have a laugh with your friends, do so outside of the gym.

Lifting with your ego

Every gym has a big and strong dude, and while he’s out there warming up with your one rep max, that can be pretty painful for the ego. However, that does not mean that you should unofficially try to challenge him by trying to outlift him because that’s just asking for trouble. Nobody really cares how much weight you can or can’t lift, so don’t try to lift ridiculously heavy weights just to impress the other gym-goers, because in all honesty, they won’t be impressed in the slightest.