Let’s be clear: Not all fitness equipment is the same. There are some fitness equipment that you should never use.
Exercise equipment was invented to provide a safe alternative to dumbbells, but sometimes they’re anything but. In fact, they can put your body in unnatural positions and get your joints through dangerous areas of motion. Over time, this can lead to muscle tension and even serious injuries.
To get the most out of your next sweat session, avoid these nine devices and instead use the alternative exercises shown on each slide for a safer and more effective workout.
Fitness equipment you should never use and its safer alternatives
1. Seated lathe
These abs trainers can cause lower back problems as they rotate the area beyond a safe range of motion. Your lumbar spine can only rotate 13 degrees — that’s less than an hour per clock. Going beyond that puts a lot of stress on your vertebrae and, combined with the resistance of the machine, you can quickly become more than your back can handle. Your lower back is actually designed to resist and not create twisting. To increase your rotational strength, choose core exercises that keep your spine stable and your core stiff.
Use these instead:
- side plank (see picture above)
- Pallof Press
- Anti-rotation cable chop
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