Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get Fit, Not Hurt as Warm Weather Nears, Timely Reminders on Good Exercise Form

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get Fit, Not Hurt as Warm Weather Nears, Timely Reminders on Good Exercise Form

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Summer's approaching, so people who haven't been to the gym in a while will be heading there to get ready for swimsuit season. The American Council on Exercise has issued a warning about the three most common mistakes people make when beginning or ramping up an exercise program, and how to avoid them.

Plyometrics -- quick, powerful movements to increase muscle strength and explosiveness -- are an important part of a workout program, ACE says, but if you land incorrectly, you can hurt yourself. So focus on landing softly on the mid-foot and then roll forward to push off the ball of the foot, and do a dynamic warmup before doing plyometric exercises.

Lots of people have begun working out with kettlebells, because they have been shown to build strength and endurance faster than more conventional resistance exercises. But many newcomers don't understand the proper mechanics for doing the exercises. This mistake most often is made, ACE says, when performing the single arm swing. …

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