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When Lifting Weights Work Opposing Muscle Groups

Lifting Tip: Work Opposing Muscle Groups

It almost seems like part of the human condition: we like to do things that we already know we are good at doing. In strength training it boils down to people focusing on muscles that are already strong because it feels good to feel strong. Neglecting those weak muscles is the perfect scenario for injury, because this can create imbalance and torque joints out of alignment as the overly strong muscles dominate motion. To avoid injury you need to find balance.

So here is a reminder of how to work opposing muscle groups:

  • If you like to work your quads with the knee extension exercises (straightening) like the leg press, you need to work your hamstrings with leg curls.
  • If you like to work your biceps with hammer curls, then you need to work your triceps with some bent over kickbacks that target the back of the arm.
  • If you like to work your abs (and if you are not one of them let me tell you there are many people out there who do love to work their abs), then you need to balance all those crunches with some back extension exercises.


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Renees3 Renees3 9 years
ooh man I did hamstring curls for the first time last week. WOW apparently never works THAT muscle group haha I was walking funny for a couple days. But it felt SO good! Back on track today, session with the trainer! Yea!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
These are great...
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Good tips!! I love back extension exercises like the Superman.
mem952 mem952 9 years
so important to work the back muscles if you want to target your abs!! i just lie on my stomach and, keeping my eyes on the ground, lift my torso gently. then i stay lifted up and gently move from left to right as if i'm scanning the floor.
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