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17 Exercises You’re Probably Doing The Wrong Way (and How to Fix Them)

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You know that feeling you get when you suddenly realize you've been singing the wrong lyrics to your favorite song in public? Well, that was me about two weeks ago, but during my first core cross training class. You see, I was convinced that I was going to get awesome abs by crunching away at the gym and doing random core-strengthening moves at least twice a week. But little did I know that I was doing most of them the wrong way. So you can imagine my surprise when my instructor's demonstrations looked totally different from what I'd been doing all along… all those exercises were basically a waste of time because I failed to maintain my form and I didn't always make controlled movements.

Now, if you're a major fitness buff or you work out practically every day, you're probably thinking: “I totally know what I'm doing.” But chances are you might still be making slight errors without even knowing it that are totally screwing up your fitness routine. Most people assume that it's not that big of a deal, but doing certain exercises incorrectly could prevent you from getting the results you want — regardless of how often you do it. Besides your bod not getting cut the way you want — having bad form can also make your exercises feel painful or, even worse, get you injured.

So yeah, sweating yourself out on a regular basis can help you get fit, but if you want to see results and reach your goal, you should make sure you're doing your routines safely and correctly. Check out these common exercises you're probably doing wrong and how you can fix them ASAP.

1. Burpees

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My personal trainer once told me that he wished burpees could be deleted from existence. Why? Because almost everyone tends to do it the wrong way or they simply slack off during their reps, and that kind of defeats the purpose.

Burpees are one of the most challenging exercises out there because you get to work every part of your body. But to get the most out of it, you need to have good form and be consistent.

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