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Can I copy someone else's workout? Understand the risks Exercises

While looking for quick results, many tend to imitate their colleagues' training at the gym, but is this really the safest path to fitness success? Seeking motivation is natural, but every body is unique and what works for one may not be best for another. The key to a successful fitness journey is customization. It is essential to consult a healthcare professional or trainer before embarking on a new exercise program.

These experts can perform detailed assessments, taking into account each person's physical and emotional health, to create a training plan adapted to individual needs and goals. Copying someone else's training still poses risks, according to orthopedist Andre Tsai.

Women in the gym: Exercising with friends can be very beneficial, but you shouldn't follow the same workout – Image: iStock

The dangers of copying someone else's training

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Just like choosing comfortable shoes for walking, proper load is essential for comfort during exercise. Choosing an inappropriate load can not only affect performance, but also increase the risk of injury. Let's choose weights like one chooses good dance partners, that is, those who are in tune with our rhythm.

Each one has its own training map. If you follow your colleague's path, you may end up losing your way towards your own goals, which may not be the same as his, and if they are, you have different physical characteristics, just like everyone else. Being guided by a professional is like having a personalized GPS, ensuring you are on the right path.

Each body responds uniquely to training stimuli. Training without personalization is like using medication without knowing the right dosage – it may not have the desired effect or even cause unwanted side effects. Make sure your training resembles a well-adjusted recipe, promoting health without unnecessary risks.

Can the expansion be copied?

Stretching isn't just about reaching your toes or touching the sky with your hands. It's a silent conversation between muscle and mind, and a gentle reminder that we need to take care of ourselves. By extending our arms and legs, we are telling our body: “I am here for you.”

Women's stretching exercises: Exercises can be shared before training, as long as they are in the same conditions – Image: iStock

It's not just about physical flexibility, it's also about getting plenty of rest during the day. It is a moment when we connect with ourselves, breathe deeply, and release accumulated stress. Since it is a lighter activity, can it be imitated?

– Yes, in some situations we can perform the same stretching exercises, as long as the people participating are in the same age group and do not have physical problems – says Andre.

Following the coach's instructions is the best way to achieve a good result. After all, he is familiar with physical assessments, body fat percentage, height, cardiorespiratory conditioning, individual preferences, family history, nutrition, sleep hours, motor coordination, body awareness, time available, and injury history.

Andre Tsai He is an orthopedic doctor who graduated from the University of São Paulo (USP) in 1999, with training in orthopedics, traumatology, acupuncture and work in pain management. He received his postgraduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Republic of China, Taiwan between 2006 and 2007. He is the Acupuncture Specialty Course Coordinator at the Acupuncture Center of the Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology at Hospital das Clinicas of the University of the South Pacific and Deputy Supervisor of the Acupuncture Residency at HC/FMSUP.