5. Romanian Deadlift
Why You Should Avoid It: Like the barbell squat, the Romanian deadlift is one of the best lower body moves that, among other things, contribute to a strong back. But RDLs present a similar pitfall for those lacking in flexibility and that includes many of us who sit at desks all day, tightening our glutes and hamstrings.
What You Should Do Instead: The cat/cow yoga combination mimics the motion of an RDL, opening the hips while helping us focus on the movement of the spine. Master the cat/cow and then advance to a bodyweight RDL. When you can move properly through the hips, glutes, and hamstrings, add weight to your RDL.