Awkward Exercises and Smart Fixes
9 Most Embarrassing Exercises
Does Your Workout Make You Blush?
If awkward exercises that send your booty skyward or require repetitive crotch thrusting are keeping you from the gym, we’ve got a secret: There’s a better way. In fact, when we asked Michele Olson, PhD, an exercise physiologist, certified strength and conditioning coach, Pilates instructor, and exercise science professor at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, for a less humiliating way to do these exercises, she did us one better. It turns out, according to Olson, that many of those very exercises that make you want to hide out in the locker room actually aren’t that effective to begin with. Read on for the lowdown on which unflattering poses you can nix from your repertoire—and discover some worthy alternatives that may give you even better results, sans embarrassment.
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