Exercises fitness experts want you to stop doing

BY: The News Voice

PEXEL

Gym could be intimidating for the new. In some cases, it's the over-confident ones that need to careful.

PEXELS

Crunches are actually very dangerous because of the repeated flexing and bending of your spine. This puts a lifetime of damaging strain in your back.

CRUNCHES:

CHEATSHEET

This targets on smaller muscle groups hence, not very effective. Instead go for lunges, step-ups etc.

THE SEATED HIP ABDUCTOR:

THEEXERCIST

This requires having flexible shoulders, else it might result in pain in your shoulders or rotator cuff. Many recommend pulling the bar on the front to be safe.

BEHIND-THE-LAT PULLDOWN:

SKIMBLE

You should go for this only if you have proper core stabilization and solid shoulder mobility. If not, it leads to shoulder and back injuries.

AMERICAN KETTLEBELL SWINGS:

HEARSTAPPS

Curling in squat rack is the biggest offense to the gym etiquette and also unsafe. You can literally curl anywhere.

CURLS IN SQUAT RACK:

ZIPIFY

This actually relies on non-functional movement and places more stress on the back of knee-caps. There are so many dynamic ways to work those muscles.

LEG EXTENSION MACHINE:

INMOTIONOC.IN

Due to fixed motions, you believe you can lift weights heavier than you actually can. This isolates to larger muscles and does not work the smaller ones.

THE SMITH MACHINE:

FITPLAN

These are the pet peeves of fitness experts in workouts that they're done seeing.

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