Only, those results, they don’t seem to be happening.
Why can’t you seem to make progress? It feels like you’re doing everything right?
Exercise selection can play a key role here. If you are going into the gym and doing exercises that just don’t deliver, make no mistake about it, you will not be moving forward toward your goal.
So taking the time to learn which exercises you should just abandon entirely is well worth the effort.
Let’s look at a few that you should say so-long to forever.
Inner/Outer Thigh Machines
The first exercise that’s worth considering removing from your workout program unless you just have a pure love of doing it is those inner and outer thigh machines.
True, you may definitely ‘feel the burn’ if you do enough reps, but they aren’t really challenging your muscles in a productive manner.
If you want to firm up your inner thighs, hips, and glutes, you should be doing squats, lunges, and deadlifts.
These are the exercises that will really bring about the best results possible and where you should consider putting more effort.
Second, if you’re on a mission to get six pack abs, you no doubt have a few different crunch variations in your workout program.
That’s right. If you are doing a workout program that is based around compound exercises such as lunges, squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses, rows, and bench presses, you simply will not need crunches because your abs will be getting worked with each and every rep of these moves you do.
Furthermore, if you are going to do any direct core work, you’re better off doing movements that have you off balance such as prone ball roll-in’s or the plank on one leg.
These will challenge you far more and really get those abs contracting hard to keep you balanced.
Remember that if an exercise doesn’t feel all that intense, it’s likely not challenging you hard enough.
Finally, the last exercise to give the boot from your workout program is any leg raises. Some women do these lying down, some do them standing.
Either way, they are far less than effective.
Not only will you not be using any weight while doing these (unless you’re using a cable pulley but even then the weight will be very light), but they can actually put you at risk for hip injury if done improperly.
Again, focus on doing squats, lunges, step ups, leg press, and all those other compound lower body movements. They will get you the results you’re looking for every time – no questions asked.
So there you have some of the main exercises that if you are currently doing, you should consider dropping from the picture.
Doing so will help you move along more quickly to see the end results you’re looking for.