4. Going too heavy, too soon
When gym beginners see big dudes pushing and pulling giant dumbbells and bars stacked with 45-lb plates, they can often be intimidated into trying to “fit in” by using similarly heavy weights—weights that are typically far too heavy for these rookies to lift properly.
Going too heavy, too fast, is not only a complete waste of time but can also lead to injury. And if you’re still feeling intimidated, consider this: Experienced lifters will be more impressed when a beginner trains with perfect technique and light weights than the other way around. Be smart and use proper exercise technique from the outset, and one day you too will be loading 45’s onto the bar with muscle size that matches your power.
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