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10 stupid mistakes to avoid in the gym

Men's Fitness Logo By Jeremey DuVall of Men's Fitness | Slide 1 of 10: Gym lines are bound to form during peak hours. The best fix? Head to the gym early in the morning or after 7 p.m., once the pre-work and post-work crowds have finished.But no matter how busy the gym is, you shouldn’t have to stall your routine in order to wait for equipment. To get around this obstacle, always have alternative options in the back of your mind in case your preferred equipment is taken. Say the squat rack is taken? Swap your back squats with a set of dumbbell goblet squats, which can be just as challenging and add an element of core strength. Come prepared with a Plan B and you’ll stay moving rather than wasting your time waiting for the bench to open up.

1. Waiting for equipment

Gym lines are bound to form during peak hours. The best fix? Head to the gym early in the morning or after 7 p.m., once the pre-work and post-work crowds have finished.

But no matter how busy the gym is, you shouldn’t have to stall your routine in order to wait for equipment. To get around this obstacle, always have alternative options in the back of your mind in case your preferred equipment is taken. Say the squat rack is taken? Swap your back squats with a set of dumbbell goblet squats, which can be just as challenging and add an element of core strength. Come prepared with a Plan B and you’ll stay moving rather than wasting your time waiting for the bench to open up.

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