NEVER do these 2 exercises!
Unless you want to risk potentially serious injuries, I believe you should never do the following 2 exercises. It still amazes me how many people I see doing these exercises.
1) DEAD LIFTS: Dead Lifts place enormous stress and strain on the lumbar spine
and the discs between each of the vertebra. All exercises carry risks, however by doing Dead Lifts one stands a great chance of injuring the lower back region. There are many other, safer exercises that can be done to exercise the desired muscles, without injuring oneself. Bending forward from the waist to pick things up from the ground is particularly stressful on the lumbar discs and soft-tissues around the area, this is why most people know that one should not bend down from the waist to pick things up. It is therefore surprising to see so many people doing dead lifts as an exercise.
2) UPRIGHT ROWS: This is an exercise that is
often done to strengthen the shoulder muscles and the trapezius muscles (those muscles that lie between your shoulders and your neck).
Unfortunately this exercise often leads to a pinching of one of the rotator cuff tendons, a condition called supraspinatus tendinitis.
In cases of chronic pinching of the supraspinatus tendon in the shoulder, the tendon can become frayed and torn. In severe cases this can require surgery to repair the torn tissue. In addition, most people do not need their trapezius muscles strengthened and built up, as it is usually tight and overworked already. BOOST PHYSIO is a leading private physiotherapy clinic with 2 High Street Clinics in Hendon NW4 (North West London) and East Finchley N2 (North London).