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These Bad Exercise Habits Are Holding You Back From Results

A trainer weighs in on the bad habits that are totally wrecking your progress.

If you're serious about fitness, even amid a busy schedule, you always try to find the time to squeeze in a solid sweat session. After all, your fitness goals are really important to you, and it seems like you may be on the right path to reaching them—or so you thought. There are some bad exercise habits you may not recognize as "bad" that are actually holding you back from results.

We spoke with Conrad Sanchez, a personal trainer on Fyt, about the bad exercise habits you should ditch ASAP in order to achieve your workout goals. (If you didn't already know, Fyt is the largest personal training service in the nation that makes fitness under the expert guidance of an in-person (or virtual), certified fitness professional convenient and accessible for everyone.) Sanchez informs us that there are a few bad exercise habits, which we'll get into detail below. Read on to learn more, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

You're not challenging yourself

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It's so important to challenge yourself in order to see progress. Sanchez stresses a super common error you may be making at the gym is performing the same exercises over and over. "You should track workouts and ensure that the workout feels slightly more challenging each week than the previous," Sanchez says. "Ways to make a workout more challenging include extending the duration or gradually adding weight."

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You're focusing on mirror exercises and avoiding back workouts

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Another culprit that's holding you back from winning at your fitness goals is mirror exercises. Sanchez explains, "Mirror exercises are when a person focuses on what they see in the mirror and neglects the back muscles. Avoiding back workouts can contribute to poor posture, as well as backside pain. Therefore, in most cases, it is essential to include exercises of the back to see overall progression in your goals."

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You're program hopping

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Program hopping is an exercise habit that can totally wreck your progress. It's when someone does just one workout plan for a couple of weeks, then hops to another plan. Sanchez tells us, "Consistency is key for fitness. Hopping midway from one program to the next will not allow you enough time to see notable progress."

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Alexa Mellardo
Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling fitness, wellness, and self-care topics to readers. Read more about Alexa
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