Fitness Class Faux Pas: 7 Things You Should Never Do

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Exercising in a group is a great way to keep yourself motivated. Once you've found the right class for you, having a little friendly competition can keep you on your regular schedule and help you stick to your fitness plan. While we all experience some embarrassing moments in class, there is always that one person who seems to break all of the rules. Thankfully, with a little help from Women's Health Magazine you can avoid the 7 most common fitness class faux pas!

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Wearing the Wrong Gear: Don't forget, those super-cute leggings may be super-sheer in downward dog, so it's best to take them for a test drive before giving the rest of the class a show. Other clothing don'ts include anything too short or too low-cut—especially in a yoga class where you'll be stretching and bending all over the place.

Using the Mirror a Little Too Liberally: "The mirrors are for correcting form, not checking your makeup or seeing how good your triceps look," says Brian Weller, co-owner and instructor at Barry's Bootcamp Boston. He's seen everything from popping zits to fixing (than re-fixing, and re-fixing again) hair. Repeat after us: This is a workout studio, not your bathroom vanity. Click here for a list of the best items to add to your pre-gym prep list.

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Glamming it Up: Wearing some tinted moisturizer and subtle mascara is one thing, but coming to class in a full face of makeup is usually a don't. "While you may start off looking sexy, 15 minutes in, you've morphed into Heath Ledger as the Joker," says Weller. Plus, you don't really want to worry about your eyeliner streaking while you're trying to hold a plank. Don't worry, we rounded up the 12 best post-workout beauty products so you can go back to looking amazing right after that intense boot camp class.

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