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Mistakes You’re Making When Strength-Training—and What You Should Actually Be Doing

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For so long the prevailing narrative around exercise was about losing weight, but with many new strength training classes and HIIT workout options, that story has shifted—at least for some—to be about getting strong.

What you might not know is that strength training offers more than stronger muscles and a toned body. “It can improve bone health, prevent bone density loss, and improve muscle mass,” says Céleste Corkery, a physiotherapist at Women’s College Hospital. “It can even help prevent some chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic diseases.”

However, strength training often gets a bad rap thanks to its bodybuilder reputation (not everyone wants to look like a bodybuilder) and the possibility of injury, which seems more ominous with the addition or barbells and kettlebells. So, we spoke to personal trainer and the owner of La Femme Strong gym in Toronto, Sydney Dunitz, about how to get the most out of your strength training routine. Our main takeaway? Although form is important, a strength training workout will only do you good if it’s safe. “It’s not really about doing things correctly versus incorrectly—there are so many different ways to do a move,” she says. “It’s actually safe versus unsafe execution.”

Here are the six mistakes you may be making when strength training and how to do the common moves safely. These tips will help ensure you’re actually working your butt off.

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