Sunday Reads: Death to Sit-Ups, Colonels on Col. Sanders and A Very Extensive Name Game
I have some good news and some bad news: The good news is that you now have a solid excuse to never do a crunch or a sit-up again; the bad news is that you should probably be doing planks instead. Ian Lecklitner spoke to personal trainer Jonathan Jordan to rank exercises from most useful to most dangerous. Planks are pretty high up there on the “effective and safe” scale, but sit-ups and the like are basically destroying your spine.
Personally, I’m gonna remain on my couch — you know, just to be safe.
Magdalene Taylor is a junior staff writer at MEL, where she began working two weeks after graduating college. Her work is a blend of cultural analysis and service, covering everything from reconsiderations of low-brow hits like Joe Dirt and Nickelback to contemporary disability issues, OnlyFans and the types of minor questions about life like why baby carrots are so wet. She’s also reported on social media phenomena like “simps” and “pawgs.” In 2018, she published her 111-page undergraduate thesis on Insane Clown Posse, the Juggalo subculture and the subversive aesthetics of class. She is from God’s Country, rural Western Massachusetts.