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3 Classic Exercises That You Should Probably Avoid

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sometimes we think that if an exercise is old and classic, it must be good. If it has lasted over the years, it must be effective and really change our bodies for the better. But this is not always the case. Some of the old classic moves that we’re so familiar with are actually really hard on our bodies. If you are trying to change your fitness routine to get yourself in better health, take a look at these classic moves that you should probably avoid.


Crunches can definitely tone your ab muscles, but they're not the most effective way to work your core. In fact they can be hard on the back and neck, and can even cause a coned shape of your abdomen. Instead of doing crunches, look to things like leg lifts, the plank, and other newer ab exercises. Avoid crunches if you can, and you can still get a six pack without causing injury.

Deep Squats

Squats are still good for the body. They're a great way to work the legs and the glute muscles. But your squats should only go to a 90-degree angle. Deep squats cause pain in the knees and sometimes in the hips. Avoid these if you can. You don't have to squat so low that your glutes touch the ground. Instead, go low enough that your thighs are parallel with the ground, and then slowly come back up. This is all you need to strengthen the lower half of your body and build a strong base for the future.

Straight Leg Deadlifts

Deadlifts are an incredible exercise. They strengthen the entire lower half of your body as well as the lower back. But you should not be doing deadlifts with straight legs. This causes harm to the lower back and can cause pain anywhere from the back to the hips to the knees. Instead you'll want a very slight bend in both knees. Keep that bend steady the entire way through the lift. This is a much better exercise, as you'll get all of the benefit with far fewer negatives.

Not everything that's classic is good. When it comes to exercise, you really have to pick and choose what's best for your body. If possible, avoid these classic moves and instead opt for something that is healthier and less likely to cause an injury. Do your research, get to know your body, and you will be able to build a great body with the right moves for your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orange, Calif.

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