If you don't know your way around a weight room, heading to the gym can be more than intimidating—it can be dangerous.
But paying attention to a few simple rules of proper technique can make you slimmer, stronger, and healthier all over.
We asked John Romaniello, trainer, author, and founder of Roman Fitness Systems to show us what's what when it comes to strength training. This week, we're perfecting the overhead triceps extension.
The Faux Pas: "When a client attempts the overhead press, they generally wind up with a tremendous arch in the lower back," Romaniello says. It's also easy to let the elbow drift away from the head, which takes the focus away from the triceps.
"Instead, tuck your tailbone underneath you," Romaniello says, "engaging the core and pressing straight overhead." Keep the shoulders down and the elbows as close to the ears as possible.
Tell us how it goes in the comments below! For more thoughts on the biggest mistakes people make in the gym, as well as expert tips and tricks for building lean muscle, check out the rest of our "Fix Your Form" series.
Photo courtesy of Huffington Post Healthy Living Associate Editor Sarah Klein.
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