Some exercises people do in the gym are absolutely worthless… except training you to do that exact exercise.
The question: what exercises fit into this “worthless” category?
I’m a huge fan of functional fitness, which is based on the idea of using exercises that mimic the movements we make in our day-to-day lives. Pete Kemme, one of the thought leaders of functional fitness, recommends functional fitness “…order to keep my body usable in a natural way.” It’s also the idea behind Erwan LeCorre’s MovNat program, which is “based entirely on using the full range of our natural human movement abilities such as walking, running, balancing, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, and self-defense.”
Compare this idea to a typical workout routine you see in a gym. People using machines that move weight on a single plane. Doing exercises that isolate one specific muscle group, like biceps curls. People “running” on a elliptical machine (quotes intentional). In short, you see a lot of people doing shit that involves movements you only see… well, in a gym. The movements don’t generalize to real life movement. In fact, a good argument could be made that these isolationist exercises create muscle imbalances that could lead to injury.
So back to the original question- what exercises fall into this USELESS category?
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