Today’s post is another masterpiece by Rob Panariello, a regular guest contributor to my blog. I am in complete agreement; we need to stop condemning specific exercises and place the responsibility on the professional. Exercise form matters. Intensity, volume, and frequency matter. Anatomy, history, and training status matter. And goals matter. There’s a time and place for everything!
Let’s Stop Blaming the Exercise
Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York
Recently while both attending and presenting at a professional conference, during a particular speaker presentation a conversation (actually a debate) arose by some attendees regarding their opposition (actually condemning) of the utilization of specific weightroom exercises which were a portion of the content of the speaker’s presentation. A “pro vs. con” utilization of the exercises presented discussion evolved and continued until the next presentation was ready to begin. If not for the next scheduled presentation, I am confident the discussion would have continued for a prolonged period of time. The “pro vs. con” weightroom exercise performance conversation resumed that evening with a number of strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches who were gathered at a local tavern where I also happened to be present. During the lengthy conversation there were yet again, some very strong opinions with regard to the performance of these same weightroom exercises, and how these specific exercises, in the opinion of some, were unsafe and to be avoided like the plague.