You might be one of those who absolutely love working out but really hates leg day at the gym. Well, you're not alone! In my personal experience as a physical trainer, there are some exercises that people dread doing no matter what time of the day it is. Let's go over some of them and understand how they can be beneficial to you instead.
You guessed it! Squats are one of the most universally hated exercises that people never wish to include in their personal exercise regimens. It's only natural – squats can be challenging to perform and physically and mentally taxing simultaneously. Most people just prefer to go for less demanding exercises such as leg extensions or leg presses.
After all, if these alternatives are strengthening your legs, why would you want to put your body through squats, right? Well, here's some news for you. Squats are not just beneficial in toning and strengthening your leg muscles, but they are also excellent in providing you with a highly aerobic exercise as well as a great cardio workout.
There is a huge misconception floating around regarding deadlifts. People think that deadlifts cause back issues and are incredibly exhausting to perform. This is why most people who hit the gym head straight over to the cardio section without even giving the barbell a second thought.
However, contrary to popular opinion, deadlifts give you the benefits of a full-body workout without tiring you out. They can also help you build strength throughout your body as well as improve your posture. The best part about deadlifts is that, far from causing back issues, they actually help prevent injuries. Deadlifts are also super easy to incorporate into your workout, so go ahead and give this killer exercise a chance!
A friend once told me, “Whenever someone says that a minute goes by too fast, just ask them to do a plank!” Unfortunately, this might be one of the main reasons why people hate the plank. It can be extremely uncomfortable to get down on the mat in plank position and wait for an entire minute to pass by. Sound familiar?
Well, you might already be aware of this, but planks are one of the most beneficial exercises that you can incorporate in your workout. Not only do they work with almost every muscle group in the body, but they also help you increase your stamina and endurance. Planks are also great for improving posture and balance. And if you are bored of performing the same plank workout every single day, you can also do variations of the plank to switch it up!
It might be difficult to hold the plank for more than 30 seconds in the beginning, but it can be extremely satisfying to see how your stamina increases with practice. Nothing can beat the feeling of accomplishment when you begin holding the plank for two minutes or more!
#4 Kettlebells Swings
A lot of people come to the gym dreading kettlebell swings. After all, they do look incredibly dangerous. Most people think that they would be prone to injury with this exercise, which is why they stay as far away from kettlebells as possible. However, kettlebell swings can be one of the most beneficial exercises for improving your upper body strength and toning up your shoulders when performed with the right technique.
Don't get me wrong, that's not all this exercise is useful for. Kettlebell swings are also extremely helpful in increasing the control and stability of your shoulder blades. Not only this, but they also help to work the small muscles around your shoulders. Work with your personal physical trainer to understand the right technique for kettlebell swings to get the maximum benefit out of this exercise!
It's no surprise that most people hate leg day at the gym when squats and lunges are at the top of the list when it comes to the most hated exercises ever. Lunges, like squats, are difficult to perform especially if you are not used to them. They can also sometimes get uncomfortable if you have some knee issues.
Some people also experience some stiffness in the hips as they are performing this exercise, which is why they avoid lunges. However, lunges can be extremely helpful to increase the muscle mass around your legs and glutes. This exercise also helps to improve your range of motion and correct your posture. Even if you are looking to whittle your waist, then lunges are a great addition to your workout.
Do you relate to this list? If you do, then you might want to consider switching up your daily exercises to include some of these workouts the next time. After all, these exercises can be difficult, but they are also supremely beneficial in helping you tone up and increasing your overall fitness!