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Dos and Dont's of the Weight Room

Sound advice for making the most of your workout

DO
Spot your friend during a lift. Support his wrists on dumbbell overhead and bench presses.

DON'T
Support his elbows. It might help him get more reps, but if he loses control and his elbows bend mid-set, he'll be eating his meals through a flexi-straw the rest of his life.

 

DO
Bring a digital watch or timer to the gym to help count down your rest periods between sets.

DON'T
Rely on the clock on the wall. It's small, in the distance, and if you're training hard enough, your eyes will be stinging too much from sweat to read it anyway.

 

 

 

DO
Rest a loaded bar on the floor or on the supports of a rack.

DON'T
Set it on the bench. That can permanently bend the bar, tear up the upholstery of the bench, or tip over, sending weights flying all over.

 

DO
Look in the mirror for exercises like curls and overhead presses. It helps you keep good form.

DON'T
Look in the mirror during squats (though that can be unavoidable if your gym's squat rack is right in front of the mirror). It may cause you to tilt forward, straining your lower back.

 

DO
Stand up for most of your exercises. You'll build more overall muscle and burn more calories.

DON'T
Stand right in front of the dumbbell rack. It blocks people from replacing their weights, and makes them want to hurt you.

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