Strength training isn’t easy. So why do it incorrectly? Instagram star and certified fitness trainer Massy “Mankofit” Arias tells you how you’re doing it wrong.
Here’s some of his observations:
You do cardio before weight lifting.
Many start with cardio and spend more time on it. Why not? It’ll help anyone lose weight. However, the more muscle you build at cardio, the more carbs you burn. That means if you spend a lot of time on cardio, you’ll tire easily and you’ll rush your exercises. Thus, the ineffectiveness of strength training happens.
You don’t warm up your muscles.
We know you’re not going to do a marathon, but a few dynamic stretches like arm circles get the blood flowing. This improves flexibility and reduces your risk of an injury.
You let your elbows flail out when you do triceps extensions.
This move is tempting because it makes the exercise easier. Unfortunately, easier means less effective. Just try to keep your elbows next to your ears.
You arch your lower back when you do overhead presses.
This butt pop makes for a flattering gym selfie, but it’s not good for your lower back. Engage your core and tuck your hips underneath your torso for a straight spine throughout the movement to avoid unnecessary aches.