Monday, December 01, 2008

Don't do what she's doing

…Julie Deardorff, Chicago Trib, quotes personal trainer and bodybuilding professional Kristal Richardson as saying there are five exercises women should not do. One of them is sit-ups!

…Women generally have looser joints and doing exercises incorrectly can lead to stiff joints or damage.

In doing a sit-up, you clasp hands behind your head with causes a bend in the spine and can lead to neck pain. In a sit-up you come to 90 degrees. In a crunch, you keep your lower back on the floor.

…Instead of sit-up, try a bicycle crunch. According to Richardson, you lie on your back, place your hands next to your ears, and start a pedaling motion with your legs, lifting the left should to the right, the right to the left, etc.

…Women also should not do squats with a weight bar. This bulks up the rear and thighs---ick. Instead try lunges.

…Behind the neck shoulder presses are also not advised (pix). The little muscle at the top of your shoulder can get inflamed and cause “weight lifter’s shoulder.” Instead try seated shoulder presses. Hold a pair of dumbbells overhead, arms straight, palms. Bend your right elbow and lower your arm until your upper arm is parallel to the floor. Don’t bring your arms down too low.

…Straight leg push ups are also bad for women. Instead do them on your knees like we used to do in PE.

…Women also should not do standing dead lifts. This also bulks up your bottom. Instead face a wall, stabilize yourself and kick back.

….Then take two Tylenol and don’t call HA.

…Kidding on the Tylenol.

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