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8 Exercises You Should Skip At The Gym


Weight training, as much as you might love it, can still get a bit mundane at times. Performing the same set of moves week after week, month after month becomes too routine. You can vary moves to a certain degree, change up rep ranges, volume, load and intensity but that may not be enough.

Some trainees even take it to the next level by trying to perform moves they see on YouTube videos, or worse, moves they try to invent themselves.

Before you decide to go Evel Knievel in the weight room and get yourself hurt, make note of these four exercise to NEVER do.


8 Exercises You Should Skip At The Gym
8 Exercises You Should Skip At The Gym


A contraindicated exercise refers to the danger that a movement can appear simple and harmless, but it does not apply to everyone in the population.

For some they could potentiate the risk for injury. For others they might be fine – but it comes down to the makeup of your anatomy. Usually the exercises are contraindicated due to the varying amount of stress the joints take as a by-product.


Why It Sucks:

The bench dip is considered a contraindicated exercise.

In this position the arms sit by our sides with our palms facing forward. Essentially, the further away we move from this position, the more vulnerable our shoulders can be to injury risk.

Since we’ve moved our shoulders completely into an internal rotation, we’ve come into a very undesirable position to bare load. As a result, abrasions to the deltoid, rotator cuff muscles, and bursae can be imminent. For most of us, this exercise can act to strongly exacerbate shoulder pain.

Do this instead:

If you’re set on training your triceps with dips, use parallel bars. Adjusting the position of the hands to parallel actually rolls the head of your shoulder behind your collarbone, where it belongs. This is a much friendlier position to avoid injury.


Why it Sucks:

The upright row is another example of a baring load from an internally rotated shoulder position – exposing a lot of undesired weakness. Upright rows, at the top position of the movement place a great deal of strain in a close proximity to the joint, meaning the shoulder and upper arm migrate very high into potential impingement territory.

Do this instead:

Initiating the lift with leg drive and turning the upright row into a high pull allows a lifter to use more weight and move it more explosively, all while placing less strain on the shoulder joint. In this case, one slight technical adjustment can shift a persistently painful exercise to a productively pain-free exercise.


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