More stupid things that don’t work at the gym
These days going to the gym is very popular. Everyone is trying to lose weight, bulk up or get toned. The more people that are in the gym, the more I see people doing stupid things which at best won’t help them reach their goals and at worst can lead to injury. Here is list of some of the things I have seen recently at the gym which are stupid to do and won’t work.
1) Every time I go to the gym I see this. A person will set the treadmill to maximum incline but then hold on to the handles for dear life. Holding on eliminates the benefits of putting the treadmill on an incline in the first place.
2) All too often guys will try to lift too much because of their ego and they want to impress their friends. Unfortunately their form suffers and they don’t make much if any progress. One of the particularly dangerous ways of doing the bench press incorrectly is bouncing the bar off their chest as the bar comes down. When you bounce the bar off your chest you get additional momentum from the bounce making it easier to get more reps per set. Unfortunately this is no better for you than lifting with proper form but slightly lower weight. To make matters worse you could break a rib or your sternum if you come down too hard. I saw a guy repping 315 lbs. on the bench a few days ago who was bouncing the bar off his chest. While it was impressive that he could lift so much, 315 lbs could easily break your sternum if you lose control.
3) Another way I see a lot of people mess up with their bench press form is not letting the bar go down low enough. Instead of lowering the bar to their chest and just barely touching their chest, they stop when their arms are at a 90 degree angle and the bar is still 8 to 10 inches above their chest. This is a pointless exercise and doesn’t even work your chest. The bottom half of the bench press is mostly a chest exercise and the top half of the bench mostly exercises your triceps. If you only bring the bar down half way then you are doing an exercise for your triceps and not your chest.
What do you see at the gym that is stupid or doesn’t work?