We always talk about good form and what to do to get a good workout in, but it’s equally as important to share the red flags for what not to do during certain exercises. We’re dedicating this story to the simple things to avoid in order to protect your body and get the most out of your next fitness class or at-home routine.
The last thing anyone wants is for an injury to occur that will put them out for future workouts. Read our list of proper positions to keep in mind while you’re in beast mode at the gym.
Crunches: Tucking in your chin
When doing crunches, it’s important for you to have the correct neck placement while engaging in the workout. Melody Rae, the co-founder of Total Body Band, says that your neck should always keep your head up high to the sky when doing crunches (meaning your chin should not be tucked to your neck). Essentially, look at the sky or ceiling during sit-ups. This position helps to avoid overusing or pulling your traps muscle. Plus, why give yourself neck wrinkles if you don’t have to?
Squats: Keeping your feet close together
Engaging in a squat requires the correct form if you want to avoid back issues/pain. Having your feet too close together while squatting can result in knee problems. Instead, you should stand up straight with your feet facing forward, and the width between the pair should be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
Planks: Arching your back
Most people have the tendency to arch their backs when working out. With that said, keeping your core engaged and back flat is vital so that you’re getting the most out of your workout. Save the arching for later (wink, wink).
Deadlifts: Leaning forward or arching
Now here’s a tricky one. Naturally, you want to just squat, but beware of that! Keep your back straight (not arched), avoid leaning forward, and keep your feet grounded to the floor. Foot placement is important while carrying a big weight. You can potentially throw out your back doing a deadlift the wrong way … so do not arch your back. Try to keep it as straight as possible while only bending your knees.
Pilates: Wearing baggy clothes
The correct attire is important for Pilates. Steer clear of loose clothing for this workout; instead, opt for a more fitted fitness set. It will allow for more body movement, and you won’t run the risk of catching your baggy top or pants in the machine. Find out what you should wear for your next workout here.
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