Fitness Journey

Things that I have noticed in my fitness journey: 3 Reasons why the Preacher Curl creates imbalances. Reason #1: over-shortening or lengthening muscles that support your shoulder while lifting-weight. Reason #2: Only working one muscle and one joint, so the metabolic effect is very low. Reason #3: You’re training your muscles to be strong with a very forward shoulder and shortened pec position, creating a body imbalance. The posture you lift in is the posture you stay in. Creating muscle imbalances sets the stage for injuries. 

Fitness Journey

Things that I have noticed in my fitness journey: 3 Reasons why the Leg Extension Machine creates imbalances. Reason #1: sitting while exercising your quads, rather than using them to get up and down is hard on joints, and the wrong way to train your quadriceps. I prefer open chain exercises vs. closed chain exercises. Example: A series of lunges would be a better way to train your quadriceps. Reason #2: Only working one muscle group at a time instead of all sides of your leg. The less muscle involved equals less metabolic effect. Reason #3: Since you’re only working the front of your thigh, you’re creating the most common leg muscle imbalance that exists i.e. weak hamstrings.

Fitness Journey:

Somethings that I have noticed on my health and fitness journey: 3 reasons why the Leg Curl Machine can be absolutely horrible: Reason #1 Almost impossible not to arch your back and train the wrong area of your hamstring, with a lot of pressure on your spinal discs. (your laying on your abs, this is not an ideal position for training) Reason #2 You’re working the wrong part of your hamstrings (your lower hamstring not the upper, which isn’t very functional and misses the majority of the metabolic effect.) Reason #3 Your hamstrings and abs counteract each other, to stabilize your spine, because you’re laying on your abs, you’re guaranteed an imbalance. These imbalances can lead to back and hip injuries.