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Are These Dangerous Exercises?

SMH. Would you believe that not everything on the internet is true? I realize the irony as I write this to be published on the internet……

I’m shaking my head over the seemingly endless number of internet articles telling us that many exercises are dangerous.  The articles aren’t only written by bloggers who are self-proclaimed fitness experts, but are also published on well known “health and wellness” websites and even by CNN.

Perform at your own risk.

Upset. Frustrated. Outraged. Exasperated. Angry. Annoyed. Sad. These comprise the rush of feelings I have because I know that thousands of people who are trying to improve their health and their lives are going to blindly assume the articles are true.

They are not.

I repeat, they are not.

A few of the allegedly “dangerous” exercises:

  • Behind-the-neck Lat Pulldowns
  • Romanian Deadlifts
  • Preacher Curls
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Pull Ups
  • Chest Presses

These aren’t dangerous unless you make them dangerous.

Simply put, you can injure yourself performing any exercise if you do so without executing proper form. Understanding the mechanics of the move and what muscles are targeted are two parts of this equation, but you must also take into consideration the weight you are lifting, the reps, and the concentric and eccentric times of the lift.

Don’t assume the jacked guy at the gym knows what he is doing. Don’t believe the female blogger with the tight butt knows what she is doing.

Begin personal training sessions or attend group classes instructed by a certified personal trainer. Don’t jeopardize your short-term or long-term health because you are too embarrassed to admit you don’t know everything.

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