7 Major Workout Mistakes That Keep Advil in Business
If "no pain, no gain" is your motto, it's time to re-think your workout plan
No. 1 Mistake: Your posture is killing your workout (and it's not doing your back any favors, either).
"We see riders over-using their shoulder muscles by leaning or holding on to the handle bars, or [overusing] their knees and quad muscles," says Stevens. The result? Neck, shoulder and back injuries. Hello, SoulCycle is a powerful core cardio workout -- if you're walking out of class with a stiff neck or wake up with a torqued back, you've wasted an hour of your life and two ibuprofen.
The Fix: It's all about tightening your core when you're in the saddle, says Stevens. You have to relax and release any tension in your neck, shoulders and back -- easier said than done when you're focused on pedaling your heart out. If your knees, back or hands hurt when you're riding, lower your shoulders and clench your ab muscles, which should force your body to reposition.
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