If you don't know your way around a weight room, heading to the gym can be intimidating -- and even dangerous. But paying attention to a few simple rules of proper technique can make you slimmer, stronger and healthier all over.
That's why we asked John Romaniello, trainer, author and founder of Roman Fitness Systems to show us what's what when it comes to strength training.
He'll be helping us tackle some of the most common mistakes we all make while building muscle, plus giving us tips and tricks for better form. This week, we're giving the glute bridge a makeover.
The Faux Pas: This move is meant to target the butt, but it's easy to just "go through the motions" and let the hamstrings take over, Romaniello warns.
The Fix: Don't cheat! To make sure you engage the glutes, "plant only your heels on the ground, driving through them as you perform the movement," he says.
Tell us how it goes in the comments below, and be sure to check back over the following weeks to fix your bench press, bicep curls and more.
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