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Strategy: You lift too much (or not enough) weight, do intense, athletic plyometrics (or avoid jumping altogether), or you throw yourself into crow pose (or are afraid to even try a headstand). We get it; you like to be the best—at everything.
How it can backfire: Challenging yourself with too much, too fast is a recipe for injury, and not challenging yourself enough can keep you from seeing results.
Solution: Ask for guidance. If you always feel injured or worn out after a workout (or never challenged at all), you may benefit from one-on-one advice and exercise customization from a trainer or instructor. If you're unsure about your current fitness level, meet with a professional who can easily help you construct a program that is appropriate for your goals, levels, and preferences. You’ll be more likely to stick with it, may prevent future injury, and see better results faster (and in the long run).
Are you inadvertently stalling your progress?
Workout Strategies that Backfire
8 Well-Meaning Workout Strategies That Backfire