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're stretching to warm up.
Betcha thought barre was all about stretching, didn't you? It is, but not until your body is good and ready, says Weisman. "As a young ballerina, I would enter a dance studio and immediately settle into splits (dancers still do this all the time) but it can cause injury if your body is cold. You only want to stretch when you are nice and warm, and we bring you there halfway through our core fusion barre classes," says Weisman.
The Fix: Weisman recommends using the stall barre (it looks like a torture rack but it's used in orthopedic practices) before your workout. Hanging from it helps to stretch the spine and open the lower back.
If you're still stressed that you'll never be able to do a split or hold that leg lift without wobbling like Jell-o, let your teacher know. "Whenever my students wish they were receiving more out of their barre workouts, I encourage them to create very specific goals -- emotionally and physically. I guide them very specifically and create customized schedules based on their availability and desires," says Weisman.
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