Is Your Gym Routine Good Or Bad?

african american woman doing crunches in the gym( — No routine is perfect. But there are three not-so obvious ways to tell if your workout needs work. Will your exercise plan pass — or fail?

1. You sit or lie down for more than two exercises

Most gyms are filled with places to park your butt. But a funny thing: The benches and seats aren’t there so you can rest between exercises. (Most people do.) Apparently, they’re there so that you can rest as you exercise. For example, the leg press, leg extension, and leg curl all require you to sit or lie down so that you can work your lower body muscles. “It doesn’t make sense,” says Alwyn Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California. “People sit all day, and then they go to the gym and sit there, too.”

Cosgrove says most of his clients want to undo the effects of their desk job. Think: belly-fat, poor posture, and tight muscles. “Sitting contributes to all of those problems,” he says. “That’s why we keep people on their feet. There are always exceptions, but I don’t want anyone sitting or lying for more than two exercises. And for fat loss, I prefer that our clients don’t sit at all.” Yes, you have to lie down if you want to do bench press. But for most exercises, sitting is completely optional.

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