19 Pieces of Workout Advice That Should Die Immediately

To make your lifts safer and more effective, don't listen to these common but misguided coaching cues.

"Crunches are great for your core"

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Crunches have long been a popular sight in gyms around the world.

But while you may feel a burn in your midsection during a marathon set of Crunches, they're not doing much to build real, functional core strength.

Practicing bending our spine over and over not only puts us at a higher risk of low back pain and bulging discs, but it also reinforces poor movement patterns that your body will resort to during play and/or training.

The primary function of the core is to maintain stability in the spine as force is transmitted from the lower body through the spine to the upper body. It's essentially designed to transfer certain types of force while resisting others.

The more rigid your core can be during many athletic movements, the more explosive and efficient those movements will typically be.

If you want to crush big weight in the gym and move better outside of it, you should replace your Crunches with what're known as "anti-" exercises.

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