Here is my list of 5 things you should DEFINITELY not be doing in 2017, and what you should be doing instead. They are all fitness related, if you are already doing some of them, then even better and if not make sure you start.
Stop doing crunches, start doing planks and other abdominal stabilizing exercises.
WHY- when you do crunches you are putting so much stress on your spine and neck and it could ultimately lead to injury. When you do stabilization exercises like a plank you work are strengthening the muscles that support the spine, which can help prevent injury and help with other strength training exercises
Stop being afraid of the weight room.
I know sometimes the weight room in a gym can be a little bit intimidating. There are a ton of machines, weights, people and it can all be so overwhelming. I feel the SAME way in huge weightrooms and I am a personal trainer, and I know what I'm doing. But if your goals are to lose weight, tone up, build muscles or get healthier, strength training should always be at the TOP of your priority list! So get over your fears and insecurities and walk into that weight room like you own the place.
Stop being afraid of lifting heavy weights
I know a lot of your women are afraid of lifting heavy weights for a number of reasons. You may think you'll get big and bulky, you may think you'll get hurt or you just may see all of these workout guides that are marketed for women telling us to stick to workouts that require a lot of jumping around and doing weird exercises. I'm not saying to stop circuit training, because I personally love circuits and think they are great for a number of reasons. BUT lifting weights is how you are really going to tone, build muscle and get the results you really want! So don't be afraid to stray away from workouts that are having you do 20 jump squats followed by 15 burpees and then 20 other crazy jumping moves.
Stop making excuses about not having enough time
You DON'T need an hour plus workout. You can get a good, effective workout in, in a half hour or less if you want to and YES that includes lifting weights or circuit training. Need help coming up with a workout that is effective and time efficient? Shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop breaking up your workouts into different body parts on different days
Sure this method works GREAT for body builders, or figure competitors, but for the average person working out back and biceps one day, chest and triceps the next day, shoulders one day and legs another day is unnecessary. The goal of each of your workouts should be to burn as many calories as possible. The way to do that is to work the largest muscle groups, glutes, quads, hamstrings, back and chest muscles. While you are working these larger muscle groups, you will ALSO be working the smaller muscles like your biceps, triceps, calves, etc. Workouts that incorporate larger muscle groups burn more calories, are more time efficient and will help you reach your goals faster.
These are just some pointers on how to start your 2017 STRONG!
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