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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:

exercises | Longevity LiveThis 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.

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2. Kipping pull up:

exercises | Longevity LiveNot 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:

exercises | Longevity LiveAn 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.exercises | Longevity Live

Solution – Seated dumbbell press.



4. Bosu ball exercises:

exercises | Longevity LiveWhile 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:

exercises | Longevity LiveThere 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.

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Tyrone Wessels

Tyrone is a passionate health and fitness enthusiast, who practices what he preaches. At the age of six he started JKA Karate and twelve years later achieved 1st Dan. At the same time he began doing Iyengar yoga, and is today an internationally qualified Power Yoga instructor, and holds regular classes for like-minded fitness fanatics.

During his high school years he played Provincial squash and for two years represented Gauteng at a national level. He often came from the back and overwhelmed the competition with his determination and tenacity. He is a qualified Personal Trainer and has a degree in Marketing. Tyrone just loves to train, and enjoys seeing results in his own practice and that of his students and clients.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.