Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do

Articles Aug 01, 2019 02:35

Here are 10exercises may seem routine, but they are so dangerous.

1. Behind-the-head lat pull-down

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
Make sure your form is correct to avoid injuries. | Gerry_fents via Instagram

One way to develop a killer set of arms is to incorporate the lat pull-down into your routine, but make sure you’re performing the exercise correctly. One way to completely screw it up and put your body at risk is to bring the bar down behind your head, rather than in front of you — much like a pull-up. There’s risk of shoulder and back injury when you bring the bar down behind you, so be sure to always pull it straight down.

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2. The Smith machine

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
This popular machine is actually hard to master. | Eveteka_blog via Instagram

The Smith machine is the squatter’s favorite helper. While a Smith machine is a great way to start squatting, doing so with traditional free weights and a barbell is probably a better and safer bet. Basically, the Smith machine limits your range of motion and allows you to perform squats with improper form, which can lead to injury. It can be a good tool, but you’re better off just hitting the squat rack.

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3. Kipping Pull-up

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
This move puts major stress on your muscles. | Ashkhowell via Instagram

If you know any CrossFitters, you may be familiar with the kipping pull-up. The mechanics of the exercise, and how you put all the moves together are extremely important. The problem is that it’s a dangerous move that can result in injury.

The whipping of your body on the bar can put heavy stress on your muscles and tendons. It is recommended that you instead opt for traditional dead-hang pull-ups. There is still some debate, but outside of the CrossFit community, kipping pull-ups are not often recommended..

4. Leg press

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
The leg press can be dangerous. | Creative-Family/iStock/Getty Images

The leg press is a fixture in many gyms and can be beneficial for many people. But it does have some problems, and when used incorrectly or without proper form, you can end up hurting yourself. And that’s the key — you have to make sure you’re using the machine properly. The whole point of the leg press is to alleviate pressure on your back, and if you’re not on the machine in the correct position, it’s a bust. Researchers suggest you just do squats instead.

5. Jumping jack press

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
Watch out for this tricky move. | Anitaparmelee via Instagram

Jumping jack presses are not something you see a lot of people doing, and with good reason. On the surface, it looks like a great way to get in some cardio, while doing a bit of weight training simultaneously. It can be, but the move also puts a lot of undue pressure on your body, and many experts suggest you avoid them.

Jumping jack presses can lead to joint and tendon problems, particularly in your legs. Some trainers say there’s absolutely no benefit to doing them at all — so you’re better off just going for a run, or doing some military presses instead.

6. Romanian deadlifts

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
This move will take a lot of preparation and practice. | iStock.com

Improper execution of this exercise is super dangerous. Most people don’t properly distribute the weight across their body and some even round their backs as they are lifting. Keeping the back straight and lifting with the legs and butt is the only way you should ever do this exercise.

7. Overhead squats

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
Don’t try this move if you’re new to the gym. | iStock.com

Squats are a great way to get a full body exercise. However, the keywords in there are “full body.” When you try to do a squat and one location of your body isn’t as strong as the rest, you’re risking a lot of injury in that area. It is best to reserve complicated squat positions for when you’re a little more advanced in your training.

8. One-Legged Pistol Squat

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
A challenging move to say the least. | iStock.com

Form has everything to do with this exercise. People tend to roll their shoulders into the dip which rounds the back.  They also don’t get the dip low enough to the ground which makes the exercise a little less effective. Your thigh should be getting parallel with the ground.

9. Overhead dumbbell triceps extension

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
Don’t let yourself be distracted while performing this exercise. | iStock.com

This is already a really odd way to hold anything. However, it is still a great exercise that targets the triceps effectively. People go wrong with this exercise because of they grip the handle of the dumbbell. Pictured above is the proper way to hold the dumbbell in this exercise. Improper execution can overload your joints, rather than your muscles.

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10. Snatch

Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do
This move is definitely not for beginners. | Jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images

The power of an explosive Snatch Lift can seem very rewarding. But the risk of tearing one or both of your labrums is extremely high. You could also rip one or both of your rotator cuffs. Doing that will leave you out of the gym for at way longer than the time you saved doing them.

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Source: https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/exercise-moves-you-should-avoid-at-all-costs.html/

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