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Saturday, June 8, 2013

7 fitness experts give habits to break away

So this week I reached out to fitness experts again and asked the following question: 

“What is one bad fitness habit you often see that people should break today?”

As usual the responses were phenomenal:


Jason Yun 

[Forgetting that] "It's all on you. 
 There is nobody else to blame but you. Where you are in life is because of the choices you made. If you are not fit, if you are overweight, if your job sucks, if you kids don't listen, on and on and on. As soon as you realize that you are responsible for everything the sooner you can change your life for the better.”


Leigh Ann Garstecki
 Nutritionist and Certified Strength and Conditiong Specialist at

"Stop making your strong muscles stronger, and your weak muscles weaker! If you are only using machines to do strength training you're creating a larger muscular imbalance than you had to start with. ... If you are using a machine to do - chest press, your strong side is pushing a greater majority of the weight than your weak side. Therefore, you will never be able to equal out the strength of the muscles used on the right and left sides. This will also put a limit on how strong you can actually get. If you are going to use machines, make sure to either balance it out with use of free weights and body weight exercises, or try lowering the weight and doing single side sets!"

Zach Even-Esh
Bodybuilder, Trainer, Owner of: 
Poor exercise technique is a habit that must be broken if results are to be achieved. Learn from an expert and focus on technique as a priority before trying to increase intensity.


Flavia Del Monte
Author, Registered Nurse, Certified Personal Trainer, Masters Nutrition Certification

Say "no" more than you say "yes" this summer. Would you like fries with that? Dessert? How about a beer? No, thank you. Saving the "treat" meals or snacks for special occasions will help keep thousands of calories off during these summer months full of parties and outdoor events.”


Juan Carlos Santana

"Stop doing cirque du soliel balancing acts and calling them functional training!!
Balancing acts have been generally called 'functional training' by those who obviously don’t know what functional is.  Balance exercise have been touted as using a greater amount of muscles, burn more calories, burn more fat, increase strength, and host of other fitness and health benefits. ALL LIES!!  Balancing, for the most part, teaches you how to balance – not how to do anything else.  I can teach you how to balance on a board – that does not mean you are going to play better soccer, or get lean for that matter.  
Put your feet on the ground and move as much weight as you can, as long as you can, and as far as you can and you will get in shape, be functional, and if your diet is right  – you'll look great too.


Nick Tumminello
Personal Trainer, Fitness Educator & Author/Producer of the DVD 
Strength Training for Fat Loss

Going into the gym and attempting to demonstrate strength (i.e. quantity) instead of trying to focusing on good technique (i.e. quality).

Sure you want to lift loads that challenge you, but not loads so heavy that you can't maintain control of and have to cheat to lift.

A good general guideline for the goal of building muscle is to use the heaviest weight you can lift (using good form, without cheating) for 8-12 reps... with each rep performed with a 2-3 second eccentric lowering portion.”

Mandy Ingber
Fitness and wellness expert, speaker, producer, instructor, and Author of 

Setting lofty goals. It's important to have the feeling of meeting your goals and feeling accomplished. When we set lofty goals, like "losing 25 lbs", we get discouraged when we don't see immediate results. Set short term goals that you can accomplish, and you will build self esteem.”

So what do you think? Are there even worse fitness habits to get rid of? Do you additional advice to share? If so, leave a comment below.

1 comment:

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