Ever heard the term ‘Gym Bro’? If you haven’t, then let me give you a brief description about this misinformed breed. A gym bro is a guy who thinks that he knows all the science of bodybuilding, nutrition and supplementation and goes on giving random advice to everybody in the gym based on his personal bro science experience. What’s ironic is the fact that most of these gym bros go on to become ‘gym trainers’. This is a breed that you really need to stay away from if you want to make real progress in your results. Here are 5 stupid things that almost every desi gym trainer does.
1) Performing Cardio Before Weight Training
So some people out there think that if they perform cardio before their weight training, their body will burn fat during weight training. This is absolute bullshit and is even counterproductive for your goal of a lean physique or fat loss. If you perform a long session of cardiovascular exercise, your body will lose majority of its strength before you even start lifting weights. Consequently, you will lift lesser weights than what otherwise you would lift if you began your training with the weights. You should lift as much as possible irrespective of the fact that you’re bulking up or cutting. Lifting lesser weights is only going to make you weak by declining your strength. So don’t fall prey to this bullshit protocol.
2) Sipping BCAA Unnecessarily Between Sets
This is a very common sight in almost all the gyms these days. No matter if the guy is an absolute beginner, you will still find him sipping the flavored BCAA supplement in between the sets. I’ve even seen people lifting a 5-pound dumbbell and taking BCAA for recovery. Trust me guys, BCAA supplements are the most overhyped supplements out there. Your body does not need any BCAA supplementation separately if your protein intake is on point and you had a good pre-workout meal.
3) Having Protein Shakes Immediately After Workout
You must’ve seen people rushing towards their gym bag to grab the shaker that contains their protein powder in it. They don’t waste even a single minute after completing the last rep of their weight training. They are afraid that if they delayed their protein intake even by a second they might lose a few pounds of their muscles. Guys, the so-called ‘Anabolic Window’ is not for a couple of minutes. Studies have shown that even if you consume your whey protein up to half an hour post your workout, it will still have the same effects. So you don’t really have to rush to grab that shaker.
4) Not Performing Basic Stretching
Stretching (both pre and post workout) has an important role to play in your overall flexibility of the body. You must have seen people complaining about being sore all the time and how their body has become too stiff over the course of time. This happens due to lack of stretching exercise in the workout routine. Everybody likes the pump in the muscle but nobody cares to stretch them after that pump. This makes them stiff over time and also more susceptible towards injury. Stretching is as important as your weight training if your goal is to be fit.
5) Performing ‘Fancy’ Functional Moves
A few of you might get butt hurt after reading this, but the concept of the term ‘functional movement’ has been taught to you guys incorrectly. I am sure you have this notion that performing a pistol squat on a bosu ball is a functional movement while doing a barbell curl is not, right? Well, you’re absolutely wrong here. Functional training is any training that makes you more functional for doing your daily chores. I am sure that majority of your daily chores are performed on a stable surface and not on a bosu ball. This is the reason why barbell curls are more functional than pistol squats on a bosu ball; after all, you have better chances of performing a curl movement during your entire day.