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5 Exercises You Should Never Do

Do You Avoid These Danger Zones?

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  • I threw my back out doing "Hovering Leg Lifts" a month ago and I'm still recovering. - 8/16/2015 3:20:48 PM
  • Great info, thanks for providing options...I appreciate that you included visuals, they sure help. - 8/15/2015 7:14:08 AM
  • ANNEMARIE001
    #2 is absolutely true in my case. Felt something happen during one set and the lower back has never been the same. - 8/14/2015 10:21:50 AM
  • CLAY10237
    Use the leg press for quads and hamstrings. I'm on the shady side of 65 and have been doing this for years. You can follow your improvement as you add weight every now and then. I kind of resent all the attention given to floor exercises. Some of us, for whatever reason, have difficulty getting up/down from the floor. I'd like to see a second option when recommending floor exercises. - 5/19/2015 11:31:03 PM
  • yes, i used to do these very exercises, no wonder I my hips hurt for a year or more after this. - 3/21/2015 5:11:29 PM
  • FLORADEB
    I'm so glad I saw this on my start page this morning. I've done all of those exercises, but I will change them right away. - 3/21/2015 2:01:34 PM
  • This is a great article. Now that I see the demo's I can see how it would hurt myself and others. Thanks so much Doc! - 2/24/2015 9:58:46 AM
  • 🎵🎵danger zone 🎵🎵🎵 - 12/23/2014 11:18:10 AM
  • Ah, the hovering leg lift. During my last week of boot camp, my company was pretty complacent. One of the company commanders caught us goofing off as we came out of the mess hall. The punishment? A 45-minute PT session right there, right after stuffing ourselves on spaghetti & meatballs. I particularly remember holding our ankles 12" about the ground, then up to 45 degrees, then back down, then back up. OMG it was awful.

    At least I wasn't the person who puked up dinner. - 10/19/2014 12:35:29 AM
  • CAESERINE
    Three out of five of these exercises we did back in high school, and the hovering leg lifts were absolutely killer. I remember being in so much pain doing those, and not just because I was overweight! - 9/6/2014 2:57:51 PM
  • 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. - 7/12/2014 10:50:42 PM
  • If these are exercises to avoid then why can you find some of them on the fitness recommendations? Not sure what to think. - 7/12/2014 12:19:55 PM
  • If these are exercises to avoid then why can you find some of them on the fitness recommendations? Not sure what to think. - 7/12/2014 12:16:15 PM
  • I've avoided most of these, especially #2 since they just didn't feel right. - 7/12/2014 8:00:05 AM
  • 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. - 7/12/2014 7:04:23 AM

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