Thanks for this very helpful article. I have been using that seated leg extension and the seated hip adduction/hip abduction machines before. I admit, I have been in pain after using them. Now, I know it's not good.
Thanks for helping me be more knowledgeable about what is best for me.
This is a very informative article. I am guilty of doing 3 out of the 5 "dangerous exercises" thinking I was doing it correctly. My only complaint about the article is that I wish the pictures were bigger so I could see the proper way to conduct the recommended exercises.
Great information followed up by alternative solutions. Thanks for posting this. As a gym owner, I try to stay abreast of not only the ever changing gym software and technology that I use at the gym, but also the new scientific discoveries for the health of my members.
BITTERCAT, I agree, and add that proper form is key as well. Like SALONKITTY, I perform deep squats and have found them strongly beneficial. I imagine that would not be the case if I were sloppy or uneducated in form or used excessive weight.
Personally, I think a lot of injuries with machines probably come down to two things: Improperly calculating the weight for each rep and doing too many reps in one set/sitting. If properly calculated and if people stretch before and after, I think you'll find injuries are less common.
The other issue is people need to know the limits of their own bodies. I used to love using nautilus equipment, and I had good results! (It's been a long time, though, and I would have to ease back into it.)
Wow! I always used to to lat pulldowns behind the head, and they felt GREAT! Times have really changed, I guess!
11/27/2012 9:49:14 AM
FROM squats do not cause inury! Squats done with poor form do. The author made an excellent point about lack of flexibility and stress to the low back. However, all of my clients squat. It should be trained and practiced as it is vital to human function. ex: get out of a chair or off the toilet without doing it or Pick yourself up off the floor without doing a full depth squat. People injure themselves squatting when they use improper form. Find a good trainer and practice. Do not villify one of the best exercises for obtaining functional fitness
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