One of the reasons many people who exercise either do not get the desired results or injure themselves, they tend to make mistakes while doing some very easy exercises. A simple misunderstanding about what you are trying to accomplish can cause you to move improperly, resulting in never getting the desired outcome. One of the reasons is many people pick up these simple exercise tips from friends and somewhere the proper technique is lost in translation like the old telephone line game. Here are common exercises you are doing wrong and how you can easily fix the problem.
1. The Plank
This is probably one of the hardest exercises to get right and for that reason the majority of people doing it get it wrong. In order to develop proper core strength, you can’t be on your toes and elbows with the back sunk like a banana. That will only place a tremendous amount of strain on your lower back and will never reach the intended muscles. To fix this mistake, you need to flex your ab muscles to take that sagging out of the back. The body needs to be parallel to the floor with glutes and legs tight. Stop hiking up the buttocks to make this exercise easier, it is only counterproductive.
Simply one of the most overused exercises that you will see at your local gym, and for good reason. Millions of people think doing crunches will liquidate that belly fat but the problem is most are doing it wrong and wind up straining their necks. The ab muscles are like an accordion, when you crunch, that accordion pulls that group of muscles together and flexes your spine at the same time. The right way to do the crunch is to get the upper back off the floor but do not come too forward like you would when doing a sit-up. Pulling the head back and forth does nothing for the abs and lead to strains in the neck muscles. Try lying flat, look far behind you at a single spot on the ceiling, then crunch up and focus on that spot so that your head remains steady.