Chris Freytag

The No. 1 Workout Mistake You Could Be Making

Okay, don't get me wrong. I love to sweat. (Don't most fitness instructors?) I love high-intensity workouts and challenging my body in new ways -- whether that's with a kettlebell or a battle rope workout or a mountain I want to hike my butt up. So when I tell you that you don't have to wage war on your body to get fit, I am not saying to skip intense workouts. I like the intensity of CrossFit, HIIT workouts, boot camps and mud runs. I like seeing sweat drip, heart rates elevated, and heavy breathing. What I don't like is the trend toward thinking we need to beat down our bodies until they hurt. Working out until you can't move is not a badge of honor.

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