THE WORLD'S BIGGEST LIST OF EXERCISE, FITNESS & NUTRITION PRACTICES THAT YOU SHOULD AVOID.

Hardly an hour goes by that you don't find someone at the gym doing something
that is not helping them and might eventually hurt them
Incorrect Exercise Form ♦ Inappropriate Exercise Selection ♦ Obsolete Exercises ♦ Contraindicated Exercises ♦ Ineffective Exercise Programs ♦ Things that Look Cool but Don't Make Sense (most of these don't really look good some people just think they do) ♦ Poor Nutrition


Saturday, August 23, 2008

EXERCISE NO NO OF THE WEEK

NO WEIGHT BEHIND YOUR HEAD WHEN DOING BACK EXTENSIONS!
I spoke with a man who was holding a 35 lb plate behind his head while bending over in a Roman Chair. The spine is made to support the head, not the head plus 35 lbs. The potential for major and minor injury is literally endless from doing this move. Whiplash, nerve impingement, disk damage, reduced blood flow to brain to name a few. If you must do back extensions with weight, hold the weight at chest level. (The back extension exercise is questionable to begin with for most people, given the prevalence of tight lower back muscles from sitting all day long, but that's another story).