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Exercises That Can Do More Harm Than Good

11 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Exercises That Can Do More Harm Than Good

You’d be amazed by the number of exercises that can lead to serious injuries if they’re not done properly.

Here are some exercises that you’re better off skipping—they do more harm than good in most cases.

Squats

The exercise itself is actually one of the best for your lower body, but the way you do them makes them dangerous. When you squat too deeply, bend forward and extend your knees over your toes, you’re risking your lower back and knees. If you’re going to do them, learn the proper form before you start adding weight.

Crunches

Oddly enough, the most famous stomach exercise can lead to injuries—plus it’s one of the least effective movements out there. Your hands behind your head can actually strain your neck if you pull too hard.

Leg Extensions

The movement of this exercise is fairly unnatural, and it isolates the quads in a strange way. The pressure placed on your knees is immense, and you’ll find that injuries are all but guaranteed with this workout.

Upright Row

While this is a great chest/shoulder exercise, the risk of injury is very high. Ideally, you should only raise the weight to the level of your nipples (men and women). Any higher, and you risk shoulder impingement—a painful, nagging injury that will stop you from moving your shoulder.

Jump Squat

Unless you’re a serious heavyweight in the gym, this is a workout that will lead to injuries. Too many joints are involved, too much power is required, and there is too great a risk of injury if the barbell shifts even slightly.

Behind Neck Lat Pulldown

The Wide Grip Pulldown is amazing for your lats, but don’t be tempted to pull the bar behind your neck. You need total control in order to do it safely, and even slightly improper posture could lead to shoulder impingement.

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