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: You think you're Wonder Woman because you're in good shape and go all-out in class because the diehards around you are deadlifting 200+ pounds.
"Going too hard and too fast can, and usually does, cause significant problems," says Southwick. She says that while CrossFit is designed to flirt with your limits, that doesn't mean you should ignore your body when it's crying out in pain. As she puts it, "there's no point in deadlifting 500 pounds if you're not going to be able to walk tomorrow."
The Fix: To thine own self, be true. Because CrossFit is a communal sport, it's easy to look around and feel like you need to catch up with everyone else. But Southwick says you should focus on your technique and not, say, the pregnant lady next to you who's squatting with 300 pounds. Before you move heavy weight, you need to be able to hold proper form (so stop rounding your back when you deadlift!).
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