iVillage.com: 10 Common Workout Mistakes – How Many Are You Making?

FAIL: You Work on Certain Body Parts

Do you do the abductor and adductor machine (inner and outer thigh) furiously, hoping the machine's magic will make your thighs bikini ready? Well, we got news for you. "There is no such thing as spot reduction and yet we tend to think if we work one body part to exhaustion it will get toned and we will lose body fat," says Richards. In addition, training a single muscle group risks an imbalance in your musculature, which can cause injury, says Seabourne. "For example training your quads (fronts of your thighs) and disregarding your hamstrings puts you at greater risk of injuring your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament -- a stabilizing knee ligament).” A better approach? Overall conditioning for a balanced body.

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