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5 Exercises You Should Never Do

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    I just returned home from the gym and read this article. I did most of these today. Doh! I will probably continue doing the inner thigh as I swim breast stroke competitively and need muscles there to snap my legs.
  • This article is 9 years old. Just wondering if perhaps there are any updates to it based on more current research? It seems like the area of fitness and what is "good" vs "not good" is always evolving.
  • Wow!! This was a great article with great information. Thank you so much for the article.
  • The moment I tried the #1,, the bar behind my head I KNEW It was NOT good ! it HURT !! Never did it after. GLAD the word is OUT on this ! TY !
  • Listen up because it's true. I'm 63 years old and am here to say that my physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, and acupuncturist are making a living off of me because of the damage these well-intended exercises have caused over the years.
  • I like that you told us the reasons the exercise might not work for us. But I really liked that you gave us alternatives.
  • Good info! I know I've been taught all of these at some point!
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    As a PT for going on 5 years now, this article concisely sums up what I've had to explain a thousand times over and with accurate and detailed information. Love it, the industry needs more like this.
  • I have also heard from reliable sources that side lifts on a roman chair are dangerous because they might cause a disc in your back to slip out of place.
  • Thank you, very good to know what not to do.
  • Thank you...this is a great article. As a yoga instructor, you are spot on about the ab work and how too often the improper alignment or form will put stress on the lower back. And the knee extensions! I really did not know ...thanks.
  • When I was a kid and played football, I had to do many hovering leg lifts. The coaches always said they were good for the muscles around the thigh, including the hamstrings. Those lifts tortured my back, and I'm convinced that ever since then that they are the cause of my backaches whenever I twist to either side.
  • Great article.!!! Especially like the resistance band alternative's.

    Thanks for this well described workout info!!

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