Exercises fitness experts want you to stop doing
BY: The News Voice
Gym could be intimidating for the new. In some cases, it's the over-confident ones that need to careful.
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.
This targets on smaller muscle groups hence, not very effective. Instead go for lunges, step-ups etc.
THE SEATED HIP ABDUCTOR:
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.
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:
Curling in squat rack is the biggest offense to the gym etiquette and also unsafe. You can literally curl anywhere.
CURLS IN SQUAT RACK:
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:
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:
These are the pet peeves of fitness experts in workouts that they're done seeing.