It’s a fact that we all want to look good and fit for this summer. So, the quickest way to do that is going to the gym. However, you definitely need to know how to combine exercises if you want to achieve good results. So, we have some exercises and machines you should skip:
ONLY Running On The Treadmill:
Running like a maniac on that treadmill for a good hour? Well, unless you’re mixing your cardio with weight lifting, continuous running isn’t doing anything for your weight loss goals, says personal trainerwas quoted as saying. The only time an hour on the treadmill is appropriate is if you’re preparing for a marathon.
If only getting those flat abs was this easy. Gee recommends anyone seeking a tighter core should stay away from sit-ups and work on planks and side planks instead. “The abdominal crunch is really only strengthening a very small section of your abdominal wall and doesn’t address working your lower abs directly,” a gym trainer was quoted as saying.
Touching Your Toes:
You know how you feel that so-called stretch every time you touch your toes after working out? Well, nothing is really happening to your legs. “Bounce stretching is very 1970s and it’s not doing a thing,” a professional gym trainer said. Just hanging from your waist can also cause injuries, adding that a proper stretch should last at least one to five minutes.
Overhead Tricep Press:
This workout does have value, but only if it’s done carefully. Overestimating your strength ability can put your shoulders in a very vulnerable position and can even injure them and your neck. If you want to work on your triceps, do tricep extensions with weights instead.
Adductor For Thighs:
For the average person at the gym (unless you’re an mixed martial arts trainer) the adductor isn’t as beneficial for your thighs as you may think. You’re better off doing variations of squats and lunges to work out your thighs.
Sit-Ups With Straight Legs:
Don’t try this one. Ever. Don’t do sit ups with your legs straight. Don’t ever do it. Straight-legged sit-ups can potentially raise the risk of a back injury. Again, if you are determined to do sit-ups, always keep your legs at an angle.
If you work out thinking you’re only targeting one specific part of your body, there’s nothing happening to that unwanted fat. There is no such thing as spot reduction. You will get much better results by reducing your carb intake at night, eating proper amounts of protein, reducing your sugar and alcohol levels and working out your whole body.
Pull-Downs From The Back:
If you’re doing lateral pull-downs, make sure the bar is in front of you. Pull-downs from behind can hurt your shoulders and neck and are ineffective if you’re trying to build muscle strength.