The 15 Most Dangerous Exercise Machines at the Gym (and Safer Alternatives to Try)

There's a reason why you're required to fill out a consent form when you join a gym: Some of the equipment can be dangerous if you don't use it properly. Here are a few bad exercise machines you should avoid and the safer alternatives to use instead (16 Photos)

Linda Melone on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:03AM

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The 15 Most Dangerous Exercise Machines at the Gym (and Safer Alternatives to Try)

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Behind the Neck Shoulder Press Machine (Works Your Shoulders)

To use this machine, you sit with a straight bar behind your neck with your arms bent in "goal post" formation, as you push the bar up and overhead. "Problem is, when you place your shoulders into this extreme external rotation it stresses the shoulder joint and increases the risk of impingement," says Brad Schoenfeld, author of Sculpting Her Body Perfect. Impingement occurs when the space between the rotator cuff muscles and a bone on top of the shoulder narrows, pinching the tendons.

Safer Pick: Front Dumbbell or barbell shoulder presses

Hold dumbbells out to the sides with your wrists stacked above your elbows at a right angle. Push them overhead and together and then back to the starting position. Repeat 12 to 15 times for two to three sets.

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