From myths and “advice” that has been taken way too far to poor workout habits, here are 5 things you should stop doing at the gym that will help you gym better and see better results. Trust us!

Easy does it, Road Runner!

High-intensity cardio should not be performed before a weight training routine. Strength, results, and the ability to recover will be greatly decreased.

Cleanse from the juice cleanse.

Congratulations on your weight loss. It was water… and muscle. And you may have put on some body fat. Yes, you might weigh less, but you’ll sacrifice lots of other good stuff for it!

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Bumper plate bonanza gone wrong.

When it comes to things you should stop doing at the gym, using bumper plates on exercises that do not include the plates making contact with the ground is one of them. Bumper plates are meant for deadlifts, clean-and-jerk, etc. not smith machine bench press.

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Say see ya to carbs, protein or fats.

These 3 macronutrients are essential to keeping our bodies running like the machines they are. Cutting out an entire macronutrient will hinder your progress and lower your metabolism.

Superset bench presses with texting.

It’s simple, people. Don’t text and lift.

As always, if you have questions or comments about things you should stop doing at the gym or anything else related to fitness or wellness, contact me at Your questions may be featured in my next blog or YouTube video!

Post written by Ben Timmis, FFC South Loop Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist.

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