When you have spent as much time in the gym as we have, you come to notice some pretty crazy stuff.
Most of the time this is due to the fact that the general exerciser, through no fault of their own, is trying to do the best they can by themselves to recreate a movement they saw in Women’s Health Magazine, or trying to remember the workout routine they followed from the poster in their high school weight room. These are pretty easy situations for us to fix; a little gentle correction and instruction is all it really takes to get the person on the right track.
But what happens when you look around as you rest between sets, and notice A TRAINER demonstrating a clearly asinine exercise to some unsuspecting individual? It’s an unfortunate reality that is all too common in our industry: uneducated “exercise professionals” trying to find new variations of traditional movements for the sake of looking cool in front of their clients and other gym members. But no need to worry; we are here to help you! The following are a handful of made-up exercises that we’ve noticed through the years, that you should avoid at all costs (including running in the opposite direction if a trainer ever tries to make you do them!), and what exercise you should substitute it with instead.
Joe Gernetzke CSCS