Elimination of Old Exercises

As you may have noticed, some of your old favorites (or old foes) are no longer recommended. In May of 1994, a panel of experts convened to look at all of the different PT exercises currently in use by the SEAL community. A number of exercises were considered potentially harmful and were therefore eliminated. In addition, many exercises were modified to make them more effective (or potentially less harmful). Descriptions and diagrams for most of the exercises which are acceptable arc provided in Chapters 7 and 8 (Flexibility and Calisthenics). Table 15-8 lists exercises that were eliminated and the reason for their elimination.

Table 15-8, Exercises Eliminated from SEAL PT

Exercise

Reason for Elimination

Windmills

Potential for injury to discs and lower back

Back Stretch

Potential for injury to cervical spine

Cherry Pickers

Potential for injury to discs and lower back

Cross-Overs (Hamstring Stretch)

Potential for injury to discs and lower back

Hand-to Toe Sit-Ups

Mechanical stress on back; no benefit to abs.

Standing Head to Knee Potential for injury to discs and lower back

Standing Hamstring Stretch

Potential for injury to back

2 Person Thigh Stretch Potential for injury to knee

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