When you arrive at the gym, there’s probably a lot on your mind — from stress over neglected emails to excitement about an upcoming concert. While you certainly get bonus points just for showing up, if you’re working out while distracted or haven’t been trained on proper movements, your workout could lead to unintended consequences.
“Often, these behaviors lead to lackluster, ineffective and sometimes dangerous workouts,” says Jonathan (JJ) Jordan, a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutrition coach in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. “It’s imperative to understand proper form when performing a deadlift or plank, and you won’t achieve that if you’re playing on your phone or mimicking a fellow gym-goer who, unbeknownst to you, has poor form.”
Based on years of observations, Jordan has identified the main moves people execute incorrectly time and again — and provides instruction on how to perform them properly: