While exercising in general is great and should never be discouraged, you probably are performing some exercises that are simply ineffective. Whether they are simply isolating a very small muscle that could be worked better with a compound movement or you are simply performing them way too fast causing you to have bad form, some exercises are better than others!
First and foremost, lack of form is usually what causes ANY exercise to be an ineffective exercise. If you aren’t doing it correctly not only will the exercise not tax your muscles but you run the risk of injury. Make sure you have the correct form no matter what exerciseyou are doing!
Avoid these ineffective exercises
For a change of pace I asked other fitness professionals from around the country what they think are some of the most ineffective exercises that almost everyone does and what are some good alternatives to replace them with. ‘
Top 6 Most Ineffective Exercises:
1. Calf raises
“Unless you are a body builder or are incredibly self-conscious of your calves, there are zero reasons for you to do calf raises. Instead walk, hike, run stairs, or just run period as all of these exercises get a lot of calf engagement” said Alison Roessler a strength and conditioning specialist and CEO/Founder of Truve.
Numerous experts agreed that crunches should be supplemented with more effective exercises. Oscar Agramonte, a MBSC Thrive Trainer, agreed, “Your abs are meant to be stable, to prevent extension and rotation. They are not movers [like the movement in a typical crunch].
So it is better to focus on core stability. Exercises that use bracing to strengthen the core are preferred. Such as hard planks, using an ab wheel, and farmer carries with heavy weights.”
I’m a big fan of brisk walking as a great daily activity to help lose weight; key word BRISK. “Letting folks believe that any kind of walk will do them a world of good is a disservice. Yes, if they haven’t worked out for years and they intend to add moderate and build to rigorous exercise, then starting out for a few weeks, at a slow walk can be beneficial … but you certainly can’t stay there and enjoy results.”
“You have to work up your routine to be a daily event. You have to add physical challenge of some description.
Walk with weights, add walking sticks [Nordic walking pictured], walk and throw punches, walk and add high knee raises along the way. Walk until you can walk extremely quickly then lengthen the duration of your quick walk” said Rosemary Orange a certified personal trainer and owner of Realm Fitness.