Six Workouts Trainers Say You Should Stop Doing RN
You may feel like you’re busting your butt trying to get in shape, but if you’re not seeing results, there could be a chance that you’re… well, doing it wrong. If you’re going to go the trouble of getting up and working out every day (and by the way: Here are some perfect workouts to help you stay motivated), you might as well make sure you’re getting the most bang for your sweaty buck. Here’s a list of six common exercises that trainers say actually don’t do (jumping) jack.
1. Crunches: Getting in crunch formation and bending yourself upwards repeatedly puts a lot of strain on your back — think of it like lifting with your back instead of your knees, but on the ground. They also don’t really do anything for your deeper muscles, which are the most important for true core strength.
2. Behind-the-Head Lat Pull-Downs: The weight room can be an intimidating place. Don’t prove to everyone what a heavy lifting noob you are by doing this exercise, which can be dangerous if you don’t have good shoulder flexibility. Instead, pull the bar down in front of your head and shoulders.
3. Leg Extensions: Another weight room no-no: the leg extension machine. This movement puts stress on your kneecap, and it’s also a weird position to put your muscles in because it doesn’t replicate any movement you would actually do in daily life. There are way better ways to work your quads, like (we know you hate them but) squats.
4. Lunges (Without the Right Form): Doing lunges the wrong way is a surefire way to end up with knee issues. When you lunge, focus on keeping your front knee directly over your ankle, and imagine a straight line from the top of your head down to the back of your knee.
5. Tricep Dips: Reaching your arms behind you to grip a chair or table and dipping your bodyweight seems like an easy, no-equipment exercise, but it’s bad news for your shoulder joints. If you want to target your triceps, look into trying yoga push-ups or sun salutations for a better back-of-the-arms flow.
6. Squats (Without the Right Form): If you’re bending your knees to get into your squat, rather than pushing your hips back and letting them drive the downward movement, say it with us one more time: You’re doing it wrong. Plus, you’ll work your glutes and hamstrings a lot more with proper form.
What are your favorite effective, safe workout moves? Tweet your tips to us @BritandCo!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)