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6 Exercises You Should Stop Wasting Your Time On

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Trying to find the time to get in a good workout at all these days can be tough, so when you finally find enough time in your schedule to hit the gym, you want to make sure you’re getting everything you can out of your workout. While getting any sort of workout is better than no workout at all, there are certain exercises that aren’t exactly a good use of your precious workout time. Below are six exercises you should stop wasting your time on (and what you should do instead).

6. Thigh Machines

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The idea that we can do an exercise that targets the fat in a specific area of the body isn’t new, but the fact is, spot reducing simply does not work. You can spend all the time you want on that thigh machine trying to get rid of inner and outer thigh fat, but all you’re really going to accomplish is strengthening your thigh muscles (and not very effectively, either). Instead, do sets of forward and backward lunges, which work to strengthen your whole body.

5. Leg Press Machine

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In an effort to get stronger glutes and quads, many people jump on the leg press machine, but most people add way too much weight. which drastically increases the risk of injury. The risk of injury might be worth it if the leg press was actually effective, but it’s not. Instead of using the leg press machine, do a few sets of dumbbell squats. Not only is there less potential for injury, but you’ll engage more muscles in the process!

4. Seated Chest Press Machine

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The seated chest press is another machine that may seem like a great idea, but is actually pretty poorly executed. The biggest problem with this machine is the fact that you’re sitting, which allows the stronger side of your body to compensate for the weaker side as you push the bars outward, making it likely you’ll develop inbalances. Do pushups, instead, which force you develop strength equally on both sides and also work to strengthen your core at the same time.

Steve is a fitness guru who is passionate about helping people lead healthier lives. Find Steve on LinkedIn!

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