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HBDYWI

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HBDYWI

nice. ill definitely keep these tips in mind.

Jan 11, 2013 2:31pm | report
 
sammy2413

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sammy2413

Any exercise without proper form is back IE rounded back deadlift

Jan 11, 2013 3:06pm | report
 
wisnic

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wisnic

this is an interesting article becasue Kris Gethin uses the leg press in his DTP program. feel free to tell him he's doing it all wrong cuz i won't.

Jan 11, 2013 3:19pm | report
 
jeanvanier2010

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jeanvanier2010

i agree

Jan 11, 2013 9:20pm | report
dwest62

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dwest62

It says to watch your form man, not to never do it. They aren't shunning the leg press. The title calls these "traps", think of all the schmuck "trainers" in gyms (especially fitness centers) teaching new gym goers completely terrible form. Deadlifts, leg press, etc. are exercises that require very proper form.

Jan 11, 2013 10:30pm | report
Holly444

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Holly444

Again- the article is just warning you to use perfect form on the 45 degree leg press. It's really easy to round your lower back on this exercise when pressing heavy weights. I see it all the time. The leg press is awesome for general strength and muscular development (especially for people who can't handle heavy standing squats because of previous injuires, etc), but ONLY if done with perrrfect form.

Jan 13, 2013 10:58am | report
aloc37

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aloc37

Article state stay away from dead lift?? Article aslo state to stay away from 45 degree angle leg press?? Article also states if you want to build you leg muscles replace 45 degree angle leg press with the dead lift.WTF!!

Jan 11, 2013 3:27pm | report
 
Holly444

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Holly444

nope - read the article again. You missed some key points.

Jan 13, 2013 10:59am | report
JMadz

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JMadz

Everyone who is saying "Why does the article say to stay away from these exercises?!" needs to understand that there is a difference between "stay away" and "use correct form".

Jan 11, 2013 4:16pm | report
 
SugarNation

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SugarNation

Seriously. Did you actually read it? Nowhere does it say to stay away from the deadlift.

Jan 11, 2013 4:48pm | report
JB12182

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JB12182

The article specifically says to stay away from upright rows and leg press. Seriously, where is your reading comprehension.

Jan 12, 2013 7:26pm | report
Saltus

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Saltus

"Burpees" are the most useless exercise ever devised. It looks like the type of thing that would be in a Richard Simmons video. The name is even stupid.

Jan 11, 2013 6:36pm | report
 
seanie1987

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seanie1987

ha its so funny how everyone wants to point out something wrong with this article, read it dont glace over it and comment, any exercise can be performed wrong, these have the potential to cause serious damage. dont stay away learn to perform the right and you'll be flyin.

Jan 11, 2013 6:50pm | report
 
qksc2

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Why is BB.com advocating garbage from Mens Health????

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Jan 11, 2013 8:36pm | report
 
SugarNation

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SugarNation

What about the piece do you think is garbage?

Jan 11, 2013 10:02pm | report
Opeth09

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Opeth09

Flat barbell bench should be on here. 90% of people don't know how to bench

Jan 11, 2013 8:38pm | report
 
AdenosineT

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AdenosineT

agreed

Jan 13, 2013 12:30pm | report
travis132

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travis132

This is stupid, i think it has to do more with body type/bone structure more than a "one size fits all" mentality. My friend cant do upright rows but they are great for me, ive been doing them since i started about 3 years ago amd they help with my mobility and strength a great deal. Never once had pain from them. I get more pain from delt raises than anything!

Jan 11, 2013 10:10pm | report
 
fredzz1003

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fredzz1003

nice article (y)

Jan 11, 2013 11:44pm | report
 
Veronikite

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Veronikite

lol I do all of them /sigh

Jan 12, 2013 3:59am | report
 
ryanmma100

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ryanmma100

Everybody is always hating on deadlifts

Jan 12, 2013 8:30am | report
 
revoo

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revoo

i kindda like all of these exercises

Jan 12, 2013 8:35am | report
 
josh.p.drake

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I was in the Infantry, Special Operations for two years. During that time I pretty much destroyed my knees and did some damage to my lower back. Now, when I do squats, working on perfect form, putting the weight on my heels, keeping my buttocks behind my heels, and keeping my back straight, it puts pressure on my knees, no matter what, which causes a lot of pain.

So, I stopped doing squats and moved to the leg press. I do about 400 pounds on leg press (I just got back on the train after 3 months off, due to school.) After a few months, I plan to be at 500-550 on leg press. Obviously, I don't want to do any damage to my back, but the leg press is the only compound leg exercise that doesn't cause pain in my knees. Any suggestions?

Jan 12, 2013 9:25am | report
 
Holly444

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Holly444

You're on the right track with using leg presses as an alternative to squats because of an injury/pain. Keep in mind that this article isn't putting the Leg Press down. It just recommends learning and practicing absolute perfect form (not allowing your lower back to round at the bottom of the press). If you can do your 400 pounds without rounding your back, you've got no problem continuing with the Leg Press. :)

Jan 13, 2013 11:04am | report
lefrenchie

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lefrenchie

Have you ever tried a wide stance? Personally I do wide stance front squats and it still hits the quads while also hitting the adductors, and puts zero pressure on my knees. No cheating either I go to floor parallel with my thighs.

Jan 13, 2013 7:49pm | report
AntonioWright

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AntonioWright

This article is full of fail. Then again it's Men Health. 99% of their readers just want abs.

Jan 12, 2013 10:16am | report
 
jaredanthony

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jaredanthony

All they want is abs, that's funny because it's true.... they see a guy on the cover with a good looking woman and he has got an awesome abdominal section and they don't even realize that that's what they want is the abs... They don't even know what they're looking at or how to get there ...we do...but they don't. Though I am truly tired of seeing overweight people so anybody wanting to do something good for themselves in the way of fitness is a go you from me.

Jan 12, 2013 1:53pm | report
ComposerGuyNC

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ComposerGuyNC

I totally agree with the Upright Rows... Had bad shoulder pain for a while before reading an article similar to this a year or so ago.

Great article!

Jan 12, 2013 10:38am | report
 
pinjo

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pinjo

The upright rows are for delts. Still, they're amongst the worst exercises.

Jan 12, 2013 11:12am | report
 
RIDEKING

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RIDEKING

These are the types of articals that will help a rookie like me stay in the game. Thank you...

Jan 12, 2013 12:39pm | report
 
jaredanthony

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jaredanthony

A lot of truth here. I would like to say squats and leg press are not exchangeable they are both dangerous. Choice of weight, personal protection equipment and strict attention are all important factors when performing either of these movements. Also the deadlift video has a lot of directions that are very confusing and to me it seems would just cause people to hurt their backs. I.E. when he says pull with your hips I could understand if there is weight strapped to your feet and you were bringing your knees to your chest that would be hips pulling slightly, but when you are straightening your legs you are PUSHING with your hips. This sort of advice will cause people to try to do things weird things with their body that do not make sense in correlation with the exercise and cause injuries. Also, the deadlift incorporates hamstrings quadriceps glutes and very little of these are made mention of in this video.... the more I talk about it the more irritated I get it is misleading, confusing, dangerous and should just be deleted.

Jan 12, 2013 1:41pm | report
 
ewstaeger

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ewstaeger

Amen.

Jan 12, 2013 6:46pm | report
CurseFace63

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CurseFace63

I do upright rows fairly often. Am I making it safer by only raising until my elbows are at shoulder height and not beyond?

Jan 12, 2013 3:25pm | report
 
Holly444

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Yes - doing so will reduce your risk of nerve impingement. Plus - if you're doing upright rows for deltoid development (as you should be), you only need to raise your elbows to shoulder height and no further. Raising your arms higher will cause your traps to take over (and also puts your shoulder joint in a dangerous position). Use barbell, dumbbell, or trap bar shrugs for trapezius development. Good luck and be safe!

Jan 13, 2013 11:10am | report
Candy2012

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So true! Even under guidance when I used to do upright rows with my PT I would always get incredible pain in my delts, forearms and wrists so I've stopped doing them. As for dead-lifts I used to get lower back pain while performing them and my trainer gave me a new technique that involves bringing the barbell down to the knees and back to hip height. However I love the 45 degree leg press, I just have to be careful with my knees on this one.

Jan 12, 2013 5:17pm | report
 
alexcaro

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I agree with Josh, the military along with years of weight training I have caused me to have two back surgeries. The leg press is the only way I can safely and effectively train my quads. Done with correct form, it can be a fantastic mass builder.

Jan 12, 2013 5:24pm | report
 
ewstaeger

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I used to be an avid Men's Health reader but ever since I started working out I have ignored their workout sections. I have seen them condemn certain lifts in one article then incorporate those same lifts 2 issues later. As for those lifts, I vividly remember reading and article on how to properly do them in MH an now they are saying don't do them? When I first got the magazine I loved it but when my subscription is up I am not renewing. Personally, I would look for advice from people who don't change their opinion every month, consult with a doctor if any issues arise and listen to what your body tells you when it comes to any form of lifting.

Jan 12, 2013 6:50pm | report
 
SugarNation

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By the time your body "tells you something" regarding poor deadlifting form, you're injured. The author is suggesting that you master proper form up front.

Jan 12, 2013 7:33pm | report
lefrenchie

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lefrenchie

Not necessarily, sugarnation. If you start with low weight and focus on form, you'll slowly work up in weight but any discomfort your body exhibits will be minor but correctable.

Jan 13, 2013 7:51pm | report
charlesm3

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charlesm3

Noted

Jan 12, 2013 8:09pm | report
 
ask4itall

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ask4itall

Recommendations for other Trap development rather than the Upright Row?

Jan 13, 2013 5:41am | report
 
HBDYWI

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HBDYWI

shrugs

Jan 13, 2013 9:42am | report
Holly444

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Holly444

Use barbell, dumbbell, or trap bar shrugs for trapezius development - you can go much heavier on these lifts without risking shoulder injury.

Jan 13, 2013 11:14am | report
AdenosineT

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AdenosineT

For isolating traps the shrug is an awesome exercise but keep in mind doing shoulder workouts especially the presses ( military, shoulder press etc) will develop the traps as well.

Jan 13, 2013 12:33pm | report
lefrenchie

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I've never had any discomfort with upright rows no matter if I'm doing high rep or high weight. I actively try to pull the weight back towards my neck at the top with my rear delts - I wonder if this counters the shoulder rotation issue people have.

I advise people when learning correct deadlift form is to think not about pulling the weight up off the floor but instead driving your hips through the weight.

I agree with the lower spine rounding at the bottom of the leg press and I feel it when I go past 90 degree leg travel. It's still a good machine if you don't go too far down.

Jan 13, 2013 7:43pm | report
 
fredzz1003

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fredzz1003

agreed
so many people hate it :(

Jan 14, 2013 12:52am | report
 
srgess

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srgess

I do Upright Row and it helped me a lot over the lateral raise witch leaded me to a lot of pain. But you know every exercises used in a inappropriate form is dangerous. Are those really the most dangerous ???

Jan 14, 2013 4:46am | report
 
Lousssse

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Lousssse

Why is bb.com teaming up with Mens Health?!? I come here to get away from the nonsense over at MH. So when this site is overrun by that corporate juggernaut, who has a good reccomendation for the next escape??

Jan 14, 2013 8:11am | report
 
driungis

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driungis

Any exercise is safe to do. What are they selling again? Old news men's health full of retards.

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Jan 14, 2013 10:56am | report
 
philgauna

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my old trainer was the king of upright rows. we did them 2 or 3 times a week. No wonder I've been in physical therapy for 3 months with rotator cuff impingement.

Jan 14, 2013 11:46am | report
 
alexilmarinaio

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ibelive only 3 move squat deadlifting and bench all to do like powerlifting you will put lots size quick just believe

Jan 14, 2013 12:20pm | report
 
Jstorm62

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Jstorm62

Not that I've ever had a problem with push-ups, but good advice nonetheless...

Jan 14, 2013 1:56pm | report
 
BullsHammer

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Another to add to this list is hamstring curls. They dont even make use of that muscle's natural function. and I'm sure there are plenty other examples. I guess this article was just to have people rethink exercises they thought were simpler than they actually are.

Jan 14, 2013 2:58pm | report
 
MikeyTN

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Add Barbell bicep curl.
Trying to be Superman and with too much weight and bad form. Caused myself to injury my Sciatic nerve.
Rookie mistake on my part.

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Jan 14, 2013 8:54pm | report
 
aliknoxville

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aliknoxville

Thanks for the dead lift. Didn't know how to do it. I was pushing my *** up & down.
Thanks.

Jan 20, 2013 3:24pm | report
 
GettingFitGina

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Wow I do all of these...

Jan 20, 2013 4:08pm | report
 
WorldDomnit

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The argument about the leg press is so stupid. You can do more weight because its less ROM than a squat, not because you can't use your core.
I personally use the leg press because it really kills your hips and quads, it also doesn't require core strength with protects my back, since I have a back injury at the moment and can't squat or deadlift.

Jan 20, 2013 4:38pm | report
 
squishy3370

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Thanks some great info...... How ever for Deadlifts I would reccomend the ''alternative hand grip'' for beginners and then go into the ''hook grip'' when more experienced/stonger grip.

Jan 21, 2013 1:56am | report
 
tudominicano

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good info, don't agree with all, but good info.

Jan 22, 2013 1:55pm | report
 
tudominicano

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tudominicano

what footballmuscle said. he's right

Jan 22, 2013 1:57pm | report
 
mb94

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agree!

Jan 24, 2013 8:37am | report
 
arts08

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Love the deadlift, theres two diff stances on to doing deadlifts first is the basic one that this guy is doing which works flutes and outer hams, and there's the summo stance which works the quads and inner hams, also I noticed when squatting and deadlifts my abdominals tend to show a lot more compared when I do crunches.

Jan 27, 2013 11:21am | report
 
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