Ever heard of ‘monkey see, monkey do’? Its human nature to copy, and it’s this emulation that often perpetuates thoughtless reenactment. While not all repeated actions are done mindlessly, the ones performed without knowledge are.
Personal trainer Tyrone Wessels will share the 5 exercises you generally should NOT do.
1. The standing side body dumbbell crunch:
This exercise seems to plague the gym due to people seeking to firm their core and work their oblique’s. Nothing could be further from the truth, this exercise will thicken the waistline and it’s not particularly good for the spine.
Solution – Standing broomstick oblique twists.
2. Kipping pull up:
Not a new exercise, but become popular due to Crossfit, it resembles a body yank swinging motion pull up that’s very aggressive on the shoulder joint.
Reason why not to do it, is that most people do not have the required muscular development to execute the exercise properly and safely.
Solution – Perform strict pull-ups, if you cannot perform strict pull-ups, a lat pull down machine will suffice.
3. Behind the neck barbell press:
An advanced exercise for people who have well developed shoulders and reasonably flexible shoulder girdle. The exercise places the shoulder in a precarious position, therefore higher chance of injury.
Solution – Seated dumbbell press.
4. Bosu ball exercises:
While the Bosu ball has its merits and unique destabilizing properties. Just because it adds a balance challenge, does not means that adding it to various exercises makes them more effective. I have seen people loading 100kg on a bar and squatting on a Bosu ball – an accident waiting to happen.
Solution – Research if adding the Bosu ball to that particular exercise actually makes it more effective.
5. Lying abdominal crunch:
There are many more exercises at your disposal far more effective than simple crunches.
Solution – Hanging leg raises.
Don’t waste your time doing what you see other people doing in the gym without questioning the reason why they do it. A little research will go a long way.