Falling in love with machine weights
The quiet, bell-like clanging of weights on cables may make the machine weight section of the gym seem like a “safe” choice. But Mike Curry, creator of StrongBoard Balance and an ACE-certified fitness trainer, wants you to overcome that temptation. “You want to start out with some basic bodyweight exercises, like squats, lunges and pushups. Doing bodyweight exercises ensures more safety during your workout as you progress into weight training with greater resistance.”
Wandering aimlessly around the gym
Adam Rosante, fitness coach and celebrity trainer for CosmoBody, says there are two major mistakes he sees, and they’re often intertwined: poor exercise selection and terrible time management. “They’re often driven by the lack of a well thought-out plan. You don’t know what to do, so you wind up halfheartedly floating from machine to machine, all the while dicking around on your phone... Spend a few bucks on a trainer. A great coach will teach you how to stay safe, get strong, and eventually become self-sufficient.”
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Laura Williams is a writer and exercise physiologist who grudgingly admits she spends too much time training her butt and not enough time training her back. Follow her tweets about Periscope workouts: @girlsgonesporty.