Have you ever thought “Am I doing this right?” while performing certain moves in the gym? If you have, you’re not alone.
The gym can be particularly intimidating for those attempting such moves, which the constant worry that they aren’t using the correct technique.
Many gym-goers have trouble perfecting their technique when exercising. Several moves specifically tend to be the culprit for improper form: squat, plank, lunge, triceps extension, and crunch.
Not only will perfecting these moves lead to better results, it will also help prevent unnecessary injuries from occurring.
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Mastering the Squat
Many fitness experts agree that the squat is one of the most beneficial moves when it comes to getting the most out of your workout.
However, it is also often performed incorrectly, which can lead to knee pain.
Squats can help improve balance and coordination when done properly. Get rid of the slopiness and start perfecting that form!
Ready, Set, Plank!
As one of the most fundamental (not to mention difficult) yoga moves, the plank will really get your muscles hot. But if it’s done incorrectly, the plank will not do much for you.
Be sure to keep your body completely aligned, while focusing on a tight core. Breathing deeply while holding this position is also key.
Lunge for Great Legs
While lunges may sound like one of the least difficult moves to do, it’s very easy to make little mistakes, leading to possible injury.
Bending at the wrong angles and putting pressure in the wrong direction will not only inhibit results but will put unnecessary strain on your muscles.
Learn proper technique for lunges for the best results.
The seated triceps extension is great for working the arm muscles as well as your core, if you’re doing it right.
One of the biggest mistakes is not using the correct weights, which will make it more difficult to control the movement.
Some tips for better technique include using a chair with a back to allow for better support. You can also do only one arm at a time if necessary.
Crunching Your Way to Fit
Incorrectly performing the crunch is very easy to do. Many people are familiar with the standard form of a crunch.
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