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What's Wrong With This Picture: Exercise Edition

It doesn't take the brains of a rocket scientist to know how to exercise safely, but there are some things everyone needs to know about proper form and techniques when working out. For instance, bench pressing 75 pounds without someone to spot you just isn't safe, and not stretching before a run is a great way to end up with a pulled a muscle. Use your fitness smarts and figure out what's wrong in the pictures below.

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Here's a woman doing lateral raises. What's she doing wrong?

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This woman is stretching her abs doing Cobra pose. What is she doing incorrectly?

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This woman is taking a stroll with some hand weights. What's wrong with this picture?

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This woman is stretching her hamstrings after a run. What could she do to make her stretch more effective?

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This woman is walking on the treadmill. What's the problem here?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
2/5, ouch. Live and learn.
trainerjon trainerjon 7 years
lots of things wrong with this quiz...
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I didn't think it was cobra either. Definitely looks like upward dog.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
That doesn't look like cobra...that looks like upward dog to me....straight arms, hips off of the floor, etc. Ok, fellow yogis, am I wrong? :)
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I didn't know you shouldn't walk with hand weights. What exactly do you tear? Oh, I loved how you shouldn't be holding on for dear life. So funny.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
Insanitypepper, you'd be surprised. I used to feel the exact same way, but I recently started bar method and we use 2-3lb weights. All the movements are little and engaged. Within a couple of mins, my arms are burning. I'm sore right now!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Well you still shouldn't land on your heels, though. Balls of feet.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
4/5, but I answered the first question wrong on purpose. One to three pound weights aren't going to do anyone any good, ever.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
5/5! Fit, I bet it drives you crazy looking through stock photos and seeing so many unsafe/ineffective things!
marisaoswald marisaoswald 7 years
I always thought that your elbows were supposed to be a little bent in cobra- what a great yogi I am!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Hamstring stretch threw me. My yoga class teaches people to have palms on the ground with bent legs and to work towards straightening your legs, so I go that wrong.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
4/5 didn't know about the weights either. And I really wanted to say working out in only a sports bra was the problem. I just don't get why people do that!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
4/5. Darn hamstring stretch. good to know.
I actually did not know about the hand weights being a problem. Good to know.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 7 years
LOL Question 3 was hilarious...and Question 5 "Put some clothes on girl!" Haha...
foxymardy foxymardy 7 years
Yayyy all correct! Was pretty easy actually.
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