04/08/2014 09:27 BST | Updated 06/08/2014 09:59 BST

7 Exercises Fitness Experts Wish You Would Stop Doing

The gym can be an intimidating place for the inexperienced. But in some cases, it's the overly confident gym-goer to be wary of. Fitness fanatics don't always take the time to reevaluate their routine, learn new techniques or prioritize health and safety.

Try as they might to set the record straight, fitness experts can't be everywhere at all times, dispelling efficacy myths or correcting form. That's why we decided to ask them to share the fitness pet peeves they're tired of seeing. Here, seven exercises they wish you'd stop doing:

Photo gallery Fitness Expert Pet Peeves See Gallery

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly depicted a Smith machine.