Signs That You're Not Doing Your Workouts The Right Way

Signs That You’re Not Doing Your Workouts The Right Way

Back in 2013, I knew someone once who had come through a really tough time in life. All year long, the stress of her challenges had gotten to her, and she’d gained a lot of weight.

Towards the end of the year, she decided to do something about it and, as a means of coping, she decided that she was going to begin exercising. Her workout of choice?



The reason she chose kickboxing was because she had a really good friend who owned a dojo and taught both Ninjutsu and Kickboxing. It seemed like a perfect fit.

I’ll never forget what she told me after her first session at her friend’s dojo…and I want you to take a mental note on whether or not this reminds you of yourself.

This Is How You Never Want To Feel After A Workout Session

On her first day of Kickboxing, she arrived at the dojo around 7pm. There were at least 20 Ninjas quietly walking around the facility. They were trickling out of the glass-enclosed dojo – real Ninjas with black belts and everything.

As she watched them, she was glad she wasn’t in their class.  It seemed intimidating.

Standing in the middle of the beautiful dojo was her friend. He was a 5th degree black belt, and he was the one who was going to be teaching her class. She was nervous because it had been a long time since she’d exercised, but she was also excited.

As the Ninjas cleared the dojo, the Kickboxing people started to trickle in. They appeared to be in varying degrees of fitness, so she didn’t feel too out of place. In minutes, it was time for class to start.

Right from the beginning, she could tell that she was out of her depth. The class was hard. Actually, the class wasn’t just hard. It was brutal.

And her friend – a guy who was normally pretty soft-spoken – occasionally berated people who fell behind a little bit. He wasn’t encouraging, at all.

Ten minutes into the kickboxing workout, she felt utterly defeated. She felt energetically-exhausted, fat, ugly, incompetent, and hopeless. She couldn’t stop the tears from pouring from her eyes, and you know what?

She didn’t complete the class that day, didn’t explain why to her friend, and she has never had the slightest interest in returning to kickboxing in three years.

Have you ever felt that way?

Absolutely defeated after a workout? If you have, this is exactly how I never want anyone to feel.


There Is Only One Type Of Exhaustion You Should Feel After Exercising

That experience was a bit much for my friend, and she’s worked diligently to overcome it. Nowadays, she belongs to a different gym, and though she’s never done kickboxing again, she does do cross training and bodyweight exercises.

She’s lost a lot of weight, she is better able to deal with any stressful situations that come up in her life, and she’s generally a much happier person than she used to be.

After her current workouts, she usually feels worn out. Her muscles ache in good ways, she’s broken a sweat, and she feels strong.

Nowadays, she works out to her highest capacity, and the physical exhaustion she feels after exercising is inspiring.

Huge difference…and how she feels is exactly how you should feel after you workout.

Here Are Some Ways To Guarantee A Great Workout Experience

No matter what your age, your workouts should push you at least a little bit. You don’t want to be so sore that you can’t function after you exercise. Additionally, exercising should be one part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Here are some tips to help you make sure that you’re getting the most out of your exercises.

  • Clean EatingMake sure that you’re eating clean: Most of us have cheat days where we eat things that we love that might not be that great for our waistlines…but every day shouldn’t be a cheat day if you want to stay in your best shape. Drink lots of water, lots of organic vegetables, and limit your alcohol intake.
  • Make sure that you’re eating enough protein and carbs: Your body needs protein to build or maintain muscle mass. Protein also helps to curb your appetite so that you don’t feel so snack-ish between meals. You also need good carbs for energy. Brown rice, oatmeal, and quinoa are all great examples of good carbs.
  • Do quick exercises that increase your flexibility: If you’re not properly flexible, you won’t be able to have full range of motion during any workout. Your squats won’t be as deep, your push-ups won’t be as low, and you won’t be able to get full benefits from any workout you do. Get and stay flexible!
  • Don’t go it alone: One of the best ways to ensure that your workout experience is amazing is to either go with a friend or join an already-formed exercise group. This might be a spin class, a cross-training class, or even a biking or walking group. Groups provide accountability, encouragement, and the opportunity to create solid relationships based on mutual interests.
  • Get enough rest: This one is critical yet very simple. Go to sleep at night, and get at least the 6 hours of sleep that the National Institutes of Health recommends for the average person. Anything less can create chronic sleep deprivation. If your body is worn out from a lack of sleep, you won’t perform your best in any area of life, including exercise.
  • Don’t overdo it: If you workout too much, you can run the risk of feeling exhausted for a long time afterwards. It’s one thing to be tired immediately after working out. It’s quite another to be tired all day long after exercising. That’s a clear sign that you’re doing something wrong.

Exercise Should Keep You Healthy, Not Needlessly Break You Down

If you feel depressed, defeated, and energetically exhausted after working out, it’s an indicator that something is not going well. You should never feel that way once you exercise.

If you do, step away from working out for a bit, take a walk, or even go take a nap.

Instead of feeling badly, you should feel like you’ve pushed your body at least a little bit, and if you’re into workouts that are higher in intensity, you should feel exhausted in good ways.


The Garage Warrior