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Biggest Exercise Blunders

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Letting Gravity Do the Work

"Yanking"and "dropping" are terms that shouldn't be used when working with weights. To get the most out of strength-training and stretching, movements should be smooth and controlled.

The Right Way
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  • Maintain an upright posture with head up, shoulders back, ab muscles engaged, and feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Raise and lower the weights slowly and smoothly, pausing slightly after each repetition.
  • Keep your palms facing up. Don't rotate your wrists as you lift or lower the weights.

The Wrong Way
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  • Leaning back as you yank up the weights when performing biceps curls with handheld weights.
  • Using momentum to raise and lower the weights.
  • Letting your elbows drift away from the sides of your body.

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