What’s the most common mistake people make in the gym?

One of the most common mistakes exercisers make is not performing a proper warm-up and cool-down before exercise. The benefits of performing warm-ups and cool-downs remains a heated debate in the industry relating to increased risk of exercise-induced injury. However, there is enough scientific evidence to conclude that not preparing one's body for exercise has more risk to potential injury to one to view the warm-up and cool-down as a critical component. Every client should go through a pre-session package movement screen and health-risk assessment. This gives the trainer a good picture of where each and every client’s starting ability is at, if she has any health risks that pose dangers to vigorous exercise, and if she has any movement impairments that could be made worse by an incorrect exercise prescription. Then, a recommended warm-up and cool-down can be built into her program and she can be taught proper exercise techniques and what to do to get her body ready to exercise.

Here are some beginning starting tips:
  • Spend the first 5-10 minutes of every workout performing some or all of the following: foam rolling (i.e., self myofascial release); light to moderate stretching; and/or light cardio (e.g., walking, stationary bike, or treadmill work).
  • Spend the last 5-10 minutes of each routine repeating the warm-up exercises as a postworkout cool-down. Focus on holding stretches for 30-40 seconds on muscles heavily worked during exercise to help increase mobility and decrease postworkout soreness. Relax as much as possible to get that great stress release.

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Types Of Exercise

Types Of Exercise

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