Avoid making these mistakes at the gym

Avoid making these mistakes at the gym

You’re heading to the gym regularly but not seeing the health improvements you expected. Maybe you need some guidance from an expert to help you avoid common mistakes.

Here are the top three mistakes seen by Joe Ozanic, a personal trainer and nutrition specialist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Health and Fitness Center in Barrington, Ill.

  1. Not warming up. It’s very important to progressively prepare your body for exercise to prevent injuries.
  2. Using weights that are too heavy. If you are unable to go through the full range of motion, you would benefit from a lighter weight.
  3. Using weights that are not heavy enough. If you can get to 15 reps and feel like you can keep going, consider increasing the weight by five-pound increments until you fatigue when doing between 10 and 15 reps.

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Kathleen Troher
Kathleen Troher

Kathleen Troher, health enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Good Sheperd Hospital in Barrington. She has more than 20 years of journalism experience, with her primary focus in the newspaper and magazine industry. Kathleen graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, earning her degree in journalism with an emphasis on science writing and broadcasting. She loves to travel with her husband, Ross. They share their home with a sweet Samoyed named Maggie.