Prevent Injuries and Build Muscle
6 Exercises You’re Probably Doing Wrong
Form flops can lead to serious injuries. Protect yourself with these tips from top trainers
Avoid Muscle Mistakes
For gym-junkies and neophytes alike, nailing basic exercises seems like a no-brainer. If you’ve done a move once, you’ve done it a millions times—now toss me a kettlebell!
Not so fast.
The basics are always worth revisiting, especially when that wobbly, knee-jerking, leaning movement is what you call a lunge. More likely than not, you’ve developed some bad habits in your years of exercising, and they could be setting you up for injury and stalling results. “If we’re not doing an exercise with the correct movement patterns, utilizing the right muscles and the right joints, we’re compensating. And those compensations usually lead to overuse or injury,” says David Jack, a performance coach and director of Teamworks Fitness in Acton, Massachusetts.
To help you troubleshoot your workout, we asked top trainers to tell us which moves they often see performed incorrectly—and how you can avoid repeating these mistakes.