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

FAIL: You Have No Plan

If your workout plan varies according to the available machines at the gym, you're not working out efficiently. "An individual cannot jump from machine to machine each workout without considering safety, effectiveness and efficiency," says Karin Richards, the director of the Exercise Science and Wellness Management Program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. " Without a set routine the person may be focusing upon the same body part(s) without cross training other muscles." If you are winging it every time you go to the gym, you also probably don’t know the machines well enough to know what weight or seat/equipment height you need to achieve the most efficient and safe results. Take the time to cultivate and understand your routine. Consistency is key for setting and achieving goals and commitment, says Richards.

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