Title: Squats Might Not Be Effective for a Flat Stomach: 3 Exercises That Work

When you put effort into your workout, you undoubtedly feel satisfied, knowing it's benefiting your health. But what if you discover that all the hard work you've put in is actually doing more harm than good?

Want a toned core? Stop squatting. 1 Want a toned core? Stop squatting.1 credit When it comes to one specific exercise, this might be the case.

It's one of the most common exercises people do every day in the gym, and you've probably done it countless times yourself.

The movement that can negatively impact your health every time you do a repetition?


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But Jack Clarkson, a personal trainer expert at David Lloyd's club, says that squats "absolutely do nothing for your core" and can pose injury risks.

Many fitness professionals admit to advising others to abstain from certain workouts to avoid injury.

When performed incorrectly, the body engages in the wrong places, leading to long-term muscle damage and injuries.

Jack continues: "Squats are one of the most common exercises associated with a visible core."

"However, people fail to realize that performing them at the wrong speed or in the wrong form can have a negative impact on the neck and lower back and do absolutely nothing for your core."

Quickly executing squats is the most common mistake Jack encounters.

"Not only does this make them less effective, as you're not engaging your core muscles, but it also contributes to poor form and posture," he warns.

Incorrect posture during squats can apply pressure to the wrong areas and reinforce everyday bad habits related to posture.

Jack says, "Many people bend their backs, strain their necks, and allow their lower backs to arch over the floor, all of which use the back and neck muscles rather than the core."

"The problem with poor posture is that it creates unwanted stress on the back and neck, which can lead to overstrain or even muscle tears, which can be very painful."

Straining the wrong muscles during workouts can also lead to long-term chronic pain, it is claimed.

Jack says, "A slight muscle strain won't cause sudden pain for life, but consistent improper use of back and neck muscles can be serious."

"Muscle tears or spasms can lead to scar tissue formation, which can cause additional stiffness in the back, constriction, and pain that can last a long time if not addressed."

So, should we rush to anyone we see working out in the gym and tell them to stop immediately? No.

But perhaps it's worth seriously considering whether you want to eliminate squats from your workouts.

How to Perform Squats Correctly Not ready to part ways with your favorite exercise just yet?

Jack has some advice for you: "To get the most benefit from squats, you need to slow down the movement and keep it under control.

"Make sure you don't overextend the range of motion, controlling every second of the exercise during execution.

"I mean that the upward motion of squats can have the greatest impact on your core if you contract and shorten your core muscles and keep the upper body in a straight line, avoiding excessive bending of your spine.

"On the downward phase of the movement, slow it down again and focus on your core to engage those muscles and not allow the lower back to take control and compensate for it.

"Slowness is key because it prevents you from using momentum and instead forces your muscles to control the exercise."