Please take this sort of article with a very large dose of salt (or a low sodium alternative!). Whilst it´s always hard to give good generic advice, it´s difficult to believe that it can get this bad!Very quick comments on each exercise:
- Press-Ups. This is not just a “chest exercise” and its effectiveness is very much compromised as soon as you put your knees down. Better option: Stay off your knees, but shorten the depth of each repetition. Start with 5 shallow reps (very shallow if necessary). You will quickly progress to full reps; then you can build from there.
- Dips. Don´t try elevating your feet until you are comfortably doing 20 reps with your feet on the floor. If you find this exercise too tough, compromise on the depth of each rep. (As described for the press-ups.)
- Sit-Ups. If you have no postural or back issues, enjoy your sit-ups. Otherwise, stick to the plank. (Which is often lauded as a great exercise in this very magazine.) Find the plank boring or easy? Get a trainer to explain how to construct a fun and challenging circuit of plank exercises.
- Upright Row. This is a very controversial exercise that many experienced trainers advise against, due to the (apparent) high incidence of shoulder injuries. At the very least, do the exercise with a separate object in each hand, so that each shoulder has greater freedom of movement and you are less likely to trap any nerves.
- Squats. It´s has been accepted for a long time that you don´t need to stop at 90 degrees of knee flexion.
Nice photos though!