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Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do

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#1 Leg Press

A lot of people in the gym use the leg press thinking they are developing strong quads, but the leg press strengthens the quads in a specific and wrong position.  There is a functional relationship that exists between the quadriceps muscle and the hamstrings, and they are meant to be used together to avoid imbalances.  The leg press machine takes the hamstrings out of the equation, which can be very dangerous when you consider that the quads are often already much stronger than their opposing hamstrings.  Besides the potential for weak hamstrings, leading to tears, this relationship can also damage the knee; when your quadriceps overpower your hamstrings in deep knee flexion, there is increased torsion and strain placed into the knee’s meniscus, which can easily lead to meniscal injury.

Just as the quads and hamstrings are meant to be used in unison, so are the quads and the glute muscles.  When performing a leg press, your glutes are not used effectively.  When you contract your quads with a great level of force and your glutes do not fire simultaneously, there is increased risk of low back injury.

On top of the above mentioned injury risks associated with the leg press, the exercise provides no practical benefit as it is not a functional movement.  At no point in real life do you ever need to perform the movement that the leg press trains.  In most cases, people don’t even come down to 90 degrees of knee flexion, which is the basic requirement for getting in/out of a chair.  As well, it trains your legs in a position that changes hamstring, glute and even abdominal recruitment; muscle groups that should all work together when performing movements in real life.

 

#2 Smith Machine Squats

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What Is GMO And How Is It Harmful?

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It came to our attention here at Pro-HPC that not everyone reading our articles may understand what a GMO is, how it is harmful to you and the environment, and why we push so hard to have them banned.  We have written this article to help explain these points.

 

What Is GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism; they are also commonly referred to as GM (genetically modified) foods or GE (genetically engineered) foods and organisms.  GM foods are, just as the name suggests, food items whose genetic structure has actually been modified in some way.  The genetic modification process usually involves the transfer of genes from one organism to another, to ensure that the organism being modified will exhibit specific desirable traits.  For example in the past, particular genes have been extracted from arctic flounder and transferred to tomato plants in order to make the tomato crop resistant to cold temperatures.  To some this may sound like a futuristic and theoretical concept, but believe us, GMOs are very real and chances are you eat a great deal of them daily.  Some GMOs are modified to resist certain weather conditions, some to fend off insects that would regularly eat them, and some are modified to resist normally lethal doses of weed and bug killing chemicals used by farmers, but no matter which way they were modified, they are all dangerous.

 

Why Are GMOs Dangerous?

Not only does genetically modifying organisms defile nature, but it leads to a host of health problems as well.  To start, genetically modified food has been shown to sterilize the population, contribute to infant mortality, and exacerbate the usage of pesticides on a global scale (as mentioned above).  It is also believed that our bodies are not able to recognize the genet

On Today’s Menu: Wood

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Yes, it is exactly what you’re thinking.  You may in fact be eating wood on a daily basis and have no idea you’re doing it.  It turns out that a sawdust like material commonly...

Improve Health With Alkaline Mineral Rich Food

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We are now discovering that the typical Western lifestyle of high stress levels, low levels of exercise, and an unhealthy diet of consuming too many of the wrong things, actually affects the pH balance of our bodies, making them more acidic then they should be. 

It is now known that our typical lifestyle and diet pushes our bodies onto the acidic side of the pH balance, and this is one of the main causes for common diseases and illnesses present in the Western world.  Problems such as high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, cancer, obesity, low energy levels, fatigue, digestive issues and inflammatory problems are now thought to be heavily influenced by pH.  For optimal health, we want to balance our pH and bring us closer towards alkalinity, which is determined by the amount of alkaline minerals present within us.  We can achieve this by eating foods that are high in alkaline minerals, primarily green and leafy vegetables, or through mineral supplementation (although proper diet is recommended over supplementation).

Lets take a look at which minerals are the primary alkaline minerals and which foods we can find them in: 

1.   Magnesium

What is it?

Magnesium is a mineral found in a wide variety of foods but inside of our bodies magnesium is mostly found in our bones (60-65%), in our muscles (25%) and the rest is found in other cell types and body fluids.  Like all minerals, magnesium cannot be made in our body, which is why we need to take it in through magnesium-rich foods. 

What does it do?

Magnesium is essential to numerous biological processes in the body. It is impo