7 Things Trainers Want to Tell You But Don't
Take their unsolicited advice to get the results you want faster
Imagine typing an email with your elbows. You could probably do it, but it would be riddled with typos and take about three times longer than if you'd stuck to the standard finger-tapping technique. My point: To get a job done in the least amount of time, using improper form doesn’t really make sense. The same is true for your workout.
Proper exercise form is not only critical for getting the body-shaping results you want, it’s also extremely important for staying pain- and injury-free. The good news is that a few small changes to your routine can help maximize every minute you spend in the gym. Trainers know this, and they want to tell you, but since not everyone appreciates unsolicited advice, they often bite their tongues. Here, seven things they’re thinking—every single day. Listen up!
When it happens: Crunches.
Why it’s bad: Crunches require your spine to go into flexion, which places unnecessary stress on the back. They also don’t engage the transverse abdominus (your deepest core muscles), which are key for a flat stomach.
How to fix it: Do planks instead! Any variation of plank strengthens all the muscles in the core, legs, and arms and improves posture.