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10 Exercises You Should NEVER Do (Well, at least almost never.)

Learn some of the most common exercise “no no’s” to help you prevent injuries and pain, avoid impractical training adaptations, and maximize your results from only using the exercises that are best-suited for your training goals.

Few things irk me more than seeing a professional fitness trainer having one of their clients performing an exercise that is dangerous for that person – or any person, for that matter. In most cases, that exercise is not only dangerous, but also unnecessary, if not completely unsuitable for their training goals. Oftentimes, they would be much better served by another, more appropriate and safer alternative. It’s completely irresponsible, and I would guess usually a result of ignorance. But no matter what the reason, there are some exercises, that in my opinion, you should never do. Well, at least, almost never because there always seem to be exceptions to the rule. Don’t get me wrong because I’m not saying I am perfect or that I’ve always been perfect as a professional, but there’s a place where I draw a line, and I’m sticking by my guns.

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A Return To The Dark Ages?

I really don't get why people

I really don't get why people don't just work for a living instead of doing something of little physical activity. And if you do labor for a living and still have excess weight, time to change your diet.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.


another reason not to work out.

2 more cents

Get a trainer.
Shop around and find one that is a good fit for you.
Articles and forums are great, but nothing will beat an external set of eyes that know what they are looking for.

Unless you are an Olympic or Professional Athlete, do not get a trainer that specializes in what you prefer to do. Your weaknesses are what will kill you, not your strengths. Find a trainer that will push you to close the gaps in your fitness armor. A trainer whose focus is on stuff you might not be so good at. Or better yet a trainer that views fitness as being generally well prepared for any physical demand.

I'm not saying don't practice and get better at the things you enjoy. Find a good coach for that as well. I am saying your fitness trainer should not be your sport specific coach. Your fitness trainer should be laying the foundation for overall health and for your sport specific coach to build from.

Don't look at fitness as being external to the scale of health.
Health is the name of the scale, sickness/disease on one side, fitness on the other. Fitness is enhanced health. It is for everybody.

Every rep, step, set, attempt and movement keeps you that much further away from the meat grinder of government influenced "health" care. Any exercise is better than no exercise. Efficient exercise is significantly more effective than just any exercise. A good trainer can help you find that.

Take care of you.


at least a dollar's worth.

All I know is that I switched

All I know is that I switched from coffee to green tea and I feel 10% better. Yes...just 10. But I wonder what else I can do to better my health. I've started adding more vegetables. Now I poop more. Pooping is healthy and it should be done at least twice a day.

Low reps

is the key here.

Three sets of 12 reps and you may wake up and realize you had had an urge to go camping the night before....

Without a tent

or shoes...

just one sock.

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I think I dislocated a stomach butterfly

just by looking at the neck bridge.

It took me a while to realize I was doing something similar in my sleep. It was something that evolved from having too many kids snuggled against me in bed and needing to flip over often because of joint pain. It was causing a really screwed up neck.

Defend Liberty!

I agree with these

Especially the crunches. All they do is make your core really tense and it ruins your posture. Your core is meant to balance and keep your body connected, its not meant to pull you up in that way.

Balance exercises with a bosu ball, yoga and medicine balls are far more effective at getting a great core and they don't strain your body like crunches do.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

I do 4 quick 15-20 minute

I do 4 quick 15-20 minute workouts a week consisting of mostly kettlebell swings, pushups, pullups, squats, and planks. I also mix in another 3 hours a week of leisurely cycling, walking, hiking, and/or swimming. To top it off, I do a 10 minute session of high intensity interval training (on my bike) once a week.

This, combined with my paleo diet...I haven't been to a doctor in as long as I can remember, am more fit than most guys half my age, and have 6 pack abs to boot.

I highly recommend Mark Sisson's 'Primal Blueprint'.


“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul


12 oz curls didn't make the list.

Ron Paul Was Right

You just gave me my

laugh medicine for today