2. Your exercise technique is lacking
There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way to perform an exercise. There are, however, safe and unsafe versions, which are either effective or not effective at helping you reach your goals. Far too many gym-goers adopt sloppy form and only perform partial reps. “It’s far too common to see bentover rows with spines that resemble a question mark, pulldowns with a chin poking forward over the bar, and squats that resemble a hockey goalie in the butterfly stance,” says Dean Somerset, author of Post-Rehab Essentials. There’s a science to exercise and lifting biomechanics, and when followed properly, the body will function optimally while minimizing injury risk to joints and soft tissues.
So if you’re willing to spend hours in the gym (and all of your hard-earned money on supplements), you can invest in a personal trainer or strength coach to teach you how to exercise correctly and safely. And remember: Partial reps are only going to give you partial results.
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