It’s an inevitable part of life; trying something new for the first time leads us into to unfamiliar territory, which means we’re bound to make a few mistakes before we eventually get it right. Signing up for a gym membership is one of the first steps you can take towards getting healthy and fit, but once that part is done there’s a lot left to be discovered if you hope to achieve your goals—like how to use equipment correctly and coming up with an effective exercise plan.
Boston-based personal trainer and group exercise instructor Caroline Earle weighed in on the following 10 goal-sabotaging mistakes that are commonly made by gym-goers, both old and new. Maybe you’re beginning your fitness journey for the first time and aren’t sure where to start, or maybe you’ve been working out for a while but feel like you’re stuck in a rut. Either way, don’t let any of these exercise errors hold you back from achieving your goals.