You’re probably aware of how important regular physical activity is for your well-being. It helps improve both mental and physical health. You may think that doing any exercise is good. However, not all workouts are created equal. Some moves are a waste of your gym time or even worse—actually harmful and more likely to result in injury.
The next time that you are at the gym—take a look around. You’ll probably see people doing these exercises. But, resist the urge to do them yourself. These 15 common gym moves are ineffective at best and plain dangerous at worst.
1. Upright Row
An upright row is a common exercise. It is also one of the most harmful ones that you can do for your shoulders. This row puts your shoulders in a position that has been linked with ligament tears and impingement syndrome. When performing this exercise, your arms must internally rotate and bent at the elbows. Every time that you raise your arms up and add resistance in that position, a small tendon in the rotator cuff area gets pinched. You may not notice pain immediately. However, after repeated upright rows, the tendon will eventually become damaged and could eventually tear.