Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Exercise Correctly

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Exercise Correctly

Article excerpt

Before the clock even struck midnight on Jan. 1, we had our first obligatory fitness resolution-related article ("Fitter Faster," Dec. 30). While the article made a few great points - namely the importance of intensity, less is more when it comes to time spent, fancy equipment is unnecessary, etc. - the numerous egregious errors present in the program, and form demonstrated in the pictures within, yet again demonstrates the need for qualified fitness professionals.

Many trainees - particularly the unconditioned ones - lack sufficient mobility and/or stability to properly perform many of the movements listed. With no regressions suggested, this leaves the door wide open for injury.

Speaking of injury, repeated spinal flexion as demonstrated on No. 4 (abdominal crunches) is precisely how world-renowned back specialist Dr. Stuart McGill states most lower back injuries occur. Similarly, No. 7 (triceps dip) is also a known way to irritate the shoulder through impingement resulting from anterior glide of the humerus in the shoulder socket. …

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