Some exercises become so common that few people take the time to question their validity. Perhaps they began as specialty exercises intended for use in specific contexts — by patients in rehab, for example, or by advanced bodybuilders who need the most challenging variations of certain movements. Some trainers noticed the exercises worked for those specific trainees in those specific situations and started pushing the workouts toward the middle, to be used by everyone. Over time, the exercises become a bit too popular, and they end up vastly overrated.
But keep in mind that “overrated” does not mean “bad.” It simply means there are better choices than those that are currently popular.
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