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Exercise Warning

July 31, 1994

How exciting for those of us in the health and fitness industry to read about new products relative to fitness in such a widely read magazine ("Stretching It," Style, June 26). However, as a certified instructor and a degreed exercise physiologist with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, I must point out that the pregnant participant pictured in the article is shown performing a contraindicated exercise.

In the position shown, the cervical vertebrae and disc are under far too much pressure, which could lead to injury to the neck, especially considering the added weight of the baby. A more experienced individual may be able to perform the exercise without risk, but it is always best to be careful about the message that is sent to readers.

I'd hate to see a less-experienced pregnant woman attempt this position and ultimately injure herself or, worse, her unborn baby.

TRACI FREEMAN

Sherman Oaks

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