Most exercises are generally designed to be effective, good and most of all safe. The fact that we should all at some point include some levels of exercise within our weekly schedule if we intend to remain healthy individuals is a frightening thought that we might actually be exposing ourselves to possible harm.
The sad truth of the matter is; there are some dangerous exercises and exercise machines in your local gym which are anything but safe, especially if you've had some history involving muscular, joint and health problems. There are some exercises however which will require more knowledge in the respective techniques than the average fitness enthusiast might not be aware of.
Not every exercise which is unsafe for a particular individual may be potentially dangerous to another person. There are certain factors which will play a key role in determining which exercises are safe and which are unsafe including, the individual's fitness level, workout schedule, health history and any other known personal events.
When performing your exercise routine it is essential that you pay keen attention to the common red flags which are often a strong indication that the routine is potentially dangerous to your health. Such signs include, an unusual or unnatural motion within the exercise often resulting in discomfort of pain during the exercise. Any motion which exposed the individual to muscular imbalances and required excessive flexibility of the joints beyond the capacity of the human body. Potential risks which appear to surpass the proposed benefits of the exercise.
Some of the exercises observed to possess a greater risk of injury to the individual are:
Any exercise that requires you to stand and balance on an object then perform a squat is just asking for injury. If you are balancing on top of a swiss ball or a kettle bell your muscles will experience a high level of destabilization, which some say is the purpose of performing the exercises in the first place. The only problem is for most people without impeccable balance it's the perfect recipe to sprain an ankle, tear a ligament, strain a muscle or even worse if you add extra weight you could fall and knock yourself with some heavy irons. All said and done, not worth it.
Behind-the-head Lat Pulldowns
Earlier fitness trainers were observed to instruct individuals to pull the bar behind their head when performing a lat pulldown during their strength training. This concept which is still used today is observed as a potentially dangerous technique as the exercise specifically requires the individual to possess a higher level of flexibility within the shoulder joints to perform this exercise safely. Several persons who are observed to have a regular desk job are more likely to have developed a more rounded shoulder and a poor posture which is generally a strong indication below average flexibility within the shoulders which can prove extremely dangerous to that person's health if the exercise is performed.
Squatting or Leg Press with the use of Deep Knee Bends
Performing basic squats or with the aid of a leg press exercise equipment can be hazardous to the health of the exerciser if the knees are bent at too great an angle. Bending the knees deeply prevents the spine from maintaining the required and proper alignment to achieve a suitable balance. This motion causes the pelvis to tilt, thus forcing the lower back to compensate for the instability exposing the exerciser to a greater level of potential injury to the lower back muscles and spinal discs. Forcing the knees to increase the depth at which they are bent additionally can result in severe damage to the knees especially to the person with a history of previous knee injury.
The Inner and Outer Thigh Machines
Two of the more popularly used exercise machines used in several of the local gymnasiums today. The exercise routine for these machines requires the user to maintain a seated position with the knees bent in front and feet squarely placed against the floor. The adduction and the abduction exercise machines are designed to effectively target the inner and outer thighs respectively. The danger using these machines becomes evident when using the inner and outer thighs to lift required weights while remaining in this seated position. It has been observed that smaller muscle groups located within the lower back and hips become strained often resulting in hip and lower back problems. The body's inner and outer thigh muscle groups are so designed for the purpose of supporting required movement of the legs and upper body and not to be used primarily during exercise routines.