How many times have you done an exercise? and then as soon as you finish, you feel pain. you might feel it in your lower back, or your shoulders. but you find yourself thinking, did I do something wrong? or does this exercise just suck.
Well in reality it isn’t always you. there are a lot of exercise out there, that are plain bad for you, and they only continue to exist, just because they’ve been passed down from one misinformed gym bro, to the next. and no one’s been smart enough to realize that these common exercises are no good.
So today we’re going over 10 exercises, that all men should avoid. and these exercises aren’t only exclusive to men, women should avoid these exercises as well. it’s just that in this article, we’ll be sticking to exercises that I usually find men doing wrong.
1. Exercises You Should Avoid: Selectorizer Ab Machine
The very first one i want to start with, is actually a group of exercises, that guys are drawn to like moths to a flame. I’m talking about all the selector Iser ab machines, at your local gym, the machines that you usually start, by sitting down, pulling out the pins, selecting your weight, then grabbing some handles behind your head, and doing some crunches.
These machines are not only a waste of time, but they’re also very dangerous for your lower back. all these selector eyes are ab machines, are locked into a range of motion, meaning that your joints, and your discs can’t travel down their natural path, you can only travel down the path that the machine has set for you, even if you somehow adjust the machine to your body perfectly, (which by the way is very hard to do) but even if you somehow had a machine custom-built for your body, you can still easily run into lower back issues, because you’re still locked in a range of motion throughout the entire exercise.
Besides a greater potential for a lower back injury, you will also get significantly less results from these machines. and if you just stick to regular ab exercises like : crunches, and sit-ups, hanging knee tucks, and decline sit-ups, the reason is once again due to the fact that you’re locked into a range of motions. the cores main responsibility is stabilization, and it’s important to improve your functional core strength, because your core isn’t only responsible for stabilizing your trunk, and your torso, but it also stabilizes your whole body. it’s the bridge that connects your lower body to your upper body when you’re locked in a range of motion, you take all the stabilization normally required for ab exercises out of the movement.
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