Going to the gym without specific goals
“If you don’t have a goal, there’s really no motivation to work out,” says Bergeron. “You walk around the gym with no direction grabbing weights here and there and you won’t see results. Every normal person still has things they strive for. That could just be losing five pounds, but there are specific ways to lose five pounds.”
Bergeron says to make your goals SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. If your goal is to do 20 pull-ups, figure out how many you can do now, set a specific date for achieving that goal, and implement a plan that will help you achieve it. When the date rolls around, re-test yourself. If you’ve made it, set a new goal.