Fitness Fail Friday: The Weighted Scoot Is Not a Great Exercise

When you visit the gym for the first time, make sure you go with someone who knows what they're doing. Otherwise, you may end up doing the Weighted Scoot.

To show you what not to do, each Friday STACK brings you a moment from the weight room or sports field gone horribly wrong.

If you've never been to a gym before, we recommend tagging along with an experienced buddy for your first trip. The gym is full of big weights, crazy-looking machines, heavy balls and lots of sweaty, scary people who don't look like they are in a mood to explain any of it. That's why many gym newbies end up accidentally inventing their own exercises.

We can't say for sure, but we imagine that's how the Weighted Scoot, demonstrated by the poor guy below, got invented.

To perform the Weighted Scoot:

  • Place a 25-pound plate on the ground within scooting range.
  • Load up a cable machine with more weight then you can possibly move.
  • Hold onto the handle and scoot toward the weight with tiny hops. Really put your butt into it.
  • Hold the weight behind you like a tail.
  • Fall on the floor and let the weight drag you back to the machine.
  • Repeat.

Coaching point: Hold on to the handle like your life depends on it.

Don't invent another Weighted Scoot. Visit the gym with someone who's willing to show you around, and check out STACK.com for exercises that actually work.

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