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5 Exercises You Should Never Do

Do You Avoid These Danger Zones?

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PLAINJANEDOE

7/12/2014 10:50:42 PM

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It seems like for some of these it isn't the exercise itself that's the problem - they can be really good with some straightforward modifications; the issue is the balance of power between various muscle groups. Of course, if doing a particular exercise causes pain (the bad kind)...don't do it.

CHUBBY_MOM

7/12/2014 12:19:55 PM

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If these are exercises to avoid then why can you find some of them on the fitness recommendations? Not sure what to think.

CHUBBY_MOM

7/12/2014 12:16:15 PM

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If these are exercises to avoid then why can you find some of them on the fitness recommendations? Not sure what to think.

BROOKLYN_BORN

7/12/2014 8:00:05 AM

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I've avoided most of these, especially #2 since they just didn't feel right.

HOPEFILL

7/12/2014 7:04:23 AM

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I've been strength training for years, and this is the first time I'd heard of some of these risks. I don't know if I'll give up my upright rows or seated leg extensions, but I'll definitely pay more attention if my joints start giving me trouble.

HOPEFILL

7/12/2014 7:04:22 AM

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I've been strength training for years, and this is the first time I'd heard of some of these risks. I don't know if I'll give up my upright rows or seated leg extensions, but I'll definitely pay more attention if my joints start giving me trouble.

SUNNYARIZONA

7/12/2014 1:00:37 AM

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Good article on preventing injury! The owners of Quality Strength here in Tucson do NOT do any of these unsafe moves. In fact, one where you back up to a chair and lower yourself for tricep work, ...is ALSO a no no. Very hard on the rotator cuff.

SERGEANTMAJOR

4/25/2014 10:21:27 AM

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Stopping at 90 degrees doing a squat places the maximum sheer stress on the knee joint according to the current research. If sumo wrestlers and people of all ages can comfortable squat to full depth even sitting for long periods with their buttocks resting on the back of their legs I doubt that the stop at 90 degrees is a valid recommendation. Learning to do a proper squat is a better recommendation.

As an aside doing triceps dips with the hands place on a chair or bench behind the back is a noted do not do exercise however the Propel ad on virtually every article page in the forums has the model doing just that exercise. I suggest that allowing that to be a part of Spark is flawed and misleading.

MADSPLATT

4/9/2014 4:17:10 PM

powerlifters and bodybuilders disagree with your squat advice... and they lift much more weight than anyone here. if your form is good and you have the joint mobility going below 90 degrees isn't a problem.

MOONSTONEWOLF

4/9/2014 9:49:44 AM

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I'm not so sure about this. The machines, yes, I believe that they can pose dangers, but I've known people to live in perfect health up through their 90's and did the squats with deep knee bends every single day since their 20s and they never had the problems that you mentioned here. Sorry to dispute, but I can't believe that that one is bad.

MOONGLOWSNANA

4/9/2014 8:12:37 AM

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Thank you for letting me know to avoid these exercises. I have had lumbar back surgery in the past and do not want to damage any cartilage or strain muscles by doing something not good for me.

ITSCHRIS

4/9/2014 7:47:34 AM

My physical therapist has a love/hate relationship with a couple of these--the leg press and the leg extension machines. Deep squats too. They are easy to do wrong, but they bring her a lot of money, including over a thousand $ of mine thanks in large part to mistakes I made using, gee, those two machines.

BROOKLYN_BORN

4/9/2014 6:31:39 AM

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How ironic that the "Exercise of the Day" shown at the right of the article is the "Upright Dumbbell Rows" listed as RISKY in the article. The woman in the photo is the same in both places.
I do agree with the guidelines, however. If it hurts, don't do it, or modify it or have someone check your form.

LIVEEASYRUNHARD

4/9/2014 4:07:08 AM

Squats with a deep knee bend are actually safer for the knees if done with good form. Obviously the woman pictured doing them has terrible form. Any exercise is dangerous if you don't pay attention to what your joints are actually doing,

ILOVEROSES

11/23/2013 6:21:32 PM

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Thanks for the information.

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