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The Top 5 Exercises You're Doing Wrong

By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
 For some people, safety and form during a workout is a huge priority. For others, it's an afterthought. If you work out without the careful eyes of a trainer or instructor watching your every move, it can be difficult to know if you are exercising with proper form—even when you're really trying to.

Learning how to move with correct alignment isn't just about looking good; it can mean the difference between muscle activation and joint strain—or even injury.

Here are five exercises that are common—and may even seem simple—but are most often performed incorrectly by people of all fitness levels. 

(For detailed instructions on each move, continue reading below this graphic.)



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