When it comes to building muscle, it’s really not just about lifting weights.
It takes a lot of time and preparation to ensure you’re getting enough rest days and nutrition in your body.
But have you ever wondered if you’re getting your muscle group combinations all correct?
It’s no doubt most of us will put a major muscle group with another to train more than one body part in a session.
However, one of the biggest mistakes fitness fans make is when they’re exercising two major muscle groups in the same workout.
Personal trainer Gavin Walsh reckons combining leg and back exercises is a “drain on the nervous system”.
He told Men’s Health US : “One of the biggest mistakes gym goers make is exercising two major muscle groups in the same workout.
“For example, combining leg and back exercises requires too much energy and is a drain on the nervous system.
“After going all out training the first muscle group, you won’t be able to lift with the same level of intensity when working the second.”
The PT recommends adopting the principles of bodybuilding workouts to stimulate maximum growth in both muscle groups.
In this case, train one major muscle group and split the rest of your session with two smaller muscle groups.
The PT suggests structuring your week’s workouts around a three-day split principle, then resting for at least a day after it.
Each of the exercises are typical “bodybuilding” workouts that will help to build muscle fast.
For example, one day you would train chest, shoulders and triceps.
While the second day you’ll work on your back, biceps and abs.
And the final session is focused on your hamstrings, quads and calves.
Then once you’ve completed the three days, it’s important to have a rest where you don’t train anything.
Fitness fans might also want to avoid this common biceps mistake if they want explosive results fast.