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.

"Get your chin over the bar"

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"Get your chin over the bar."

You've probably heard this cue since the Presidential fitness test in grade school.

During most fitness tests, a Chin-Up or Pull-Up does not count unless your chin is over the bar.

Problem is, this cue often leads the exerciser to get their chin over the bar by any means necessary.

This creates a habit of extending your neck, or cervical spine, to complete the rep.

This causes two issues.

One, it can cause you to "cheat" on reps and not get the full effects of the exercise.

Two, it can cause neck pain over time.

Your chin getting over the bar should be a symptom of good form, not something you strive to do at all costs. If you find yourself unable to lift yourself to the point where your chin is above the bar without extending your neck, try this workout.

The Fix: "Look straight ahead and pull yourself up as much as you can."