As a former teacher, I find that at the gym, I’m often guilty of watching others’ form more than paying attention to my own. I want to go over and help people lift more efficiently, or correct their leg alignment to avoid injury. (I don’t, of course.) But sometimes it’s the bigger things that can take you off of the right path — not thinking about your goals and how to achieve them, or pushing yourself too quickly to get there. After talking to some of our network experts, here are 10 things to think about the next time you work out.

10 common fitness mistakes you might be making

with advice from Mark Salandra, CSCS
and Lodi Physical Therapy

Hopefully those New Years’ resolutions have paid off. You’re eating healthier and working out more, and maybe your clothes are a little bit looser. But have you thought about what could be holding you back or putting you at risk of an injury? Here are some common errors you might be making at the gym.

  1. You walked in without a plan.

Many people — especially those that are going for the first time (or the first time in a long time) — walk into the gym and wing it, with no sense of how they are going to structure their workouts. But if you walk in without a plan, how can you expect to make progress, asks Mark Salandra, the founder of (one of Physiquality’s partner programs). Mark advises, “Write down a workout plan: Map out all your workouts to the set. Figure out your goals and set a plan to get there.” (Need a workout journal? Check out Physiquality partner fitbook™ journals for tracking your workouts and diet.)

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