Attention gym enthusiasts: 4 workouts you shouldn't be doing

Attention gym enthusiasts: 4 workouts you shouldn't be doing

What about burpees. Are they good for your body? 

Many personal trainers were asked about the best exercises to move and which of them should be skipped. So here are 4 workouts you should not do:

4 exercises you should skip

1) Bicep curls

Try to skip bicep curls since they only train the front of your upper arm and instead do compound exercises that involve many muscles, for example, squats, front and reverse lunge, or plank. 

2) Pistol squats

Pistol squats can actually cause injury since you are placing a lot of pressure on your knees and your ankles.

Pistol squats have become a very popular move from CrossFit but it can actually cause injury since you are placing a lot of pressure on your knees and your ankles. Instead, opt for a single-leg squat that helps you build lower body strength

3) Sit-ups

People tend to hate the sit ups at the point they execute them very poorly, which provides no benefits from the exercise. Therefore, you should replace them with functional core work. They work not only the core but also the abs and include the following movements:

  1. Alternating toe reach
  2. Leg raise and reach clap
  3. Russian twist
  4. Side-to-side crunch, and more

4) Crunches

If crunches are not well done, they can affect your neck, creating lots of tension. So try to avoid these exercises and go for other core exercises. There are so many different ways to work the core:

  1. Bridge
  2. Supine toe tap
  3. Mountain climber
  4. Bicycle crunch
Burpees are one of the most usual exercises you do if you go to a gym, but it can be bad for you.

What about burpees?

Burpees are exercises that consist of four-step movements that work the whole body: it includes jumping, tightening, speed, and fat burning. Here is how to do it: 

  1. Begin in a standing position
  2. Move into a squat position with your hands on the ground
  3. Kick your feet back into a hand plank position, while keeping your arms extended 
  4. Immediately return your feet into a squat position
  5. Stand up from the squat position

Are burpees good or bad for you?

According to the celebrity's personal trainer, Patrick Murphy, burpees are one of the most usual exercises you do if you go to a gym, but it can be bad for you. Patrick is known for being the trainer behind Zac Efron’s toned body and he also trains other celebrities from Hollywood. 

Murphy talked with Men's Health about burpees: “Burpees aren’t good for the human body. Do you know what burpees are good for? They originated in the military as a way of dodging bullets. They’re good for relocation.”

It is said that burpees can be done by almost everybody but Murphy is not a big fan since it explains that they are for militaries. He said: “Imagine you’re doing burpees and then going to your sit-down job in an office all day. It’s not good for the wrist, and the spine is not in the proper position.” In other words, burpees can cause wrist and shoulder muscle injuries, that is why it is important to learn the proper techniques. 

However, another personal trainer at Crunch in New York City, who wasn’t convinced by Murphy’s reasoning, defended these exercises. He said that burpees are actually a great, full-body exercise to sweat and strengthen muscles, even for beginners. 

Nick Connelly

Though he spent most of his time on camera, covering major sports events, Nick’s life-long dream was to become a sports columnist. Today, Nick researches and covers workout routines, exercise-related tips and tricks and sports diets. In need of an effective training routine? Look no further than Nick’s articles.+ info

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