Based in Massachusetts, Evan Loring currently serves as senior manager of MSDI, where he manages annual budgets for information technology. Previously he was a receivers coach at Harvard University. Evan Loring enjoys playing basketball and football as well as lifting weights.
Lifting weights is a great way to build muscle and stay in shape. However, as a beginner one needs to be careful to avoid making certain mistakes. Men’s Journal magazine asked two-time Olympian Chad Vaughn about the most common mistake he saw new lifters make.
The first mistake, according to Vaughn, is that many beginners have a “close enough” mentality on form and too quickly jump into working with heavier weights without first perfecting their form with small weights. Beginners should work with an experienced weightlifter and start slow in order to ensure they develop the habits of proper form. Related to this, many beginners are also very enthusiastic and lift heavy every day – it is best to give the body a break and only lift three to four days a week at first, following a heavy, heavy, light rotation. Finally, Vaughn notices that many beginning weightlifters simply do not eat enough food. He recommends meeting with a dietitian who can test the lifter’s resting metabolic rate and then advise how many calories he or she should consume in a day.