When you find yourself at the gym, there is certainly an abundance of exercises and machines that you can add to any training program. There are those exercises that should always be a staple in your fitness plan, including squats or chest press. Then there are the others that seem to be a good idea on paper, but in reality, have limited impact on your health and fitness goals.
The following are three exercises that fit into that category. Now, any activity is better than nothing, but your time and commitment at the gym is important time in your life. If you want to make sure you see the best and most efficient results from your training, I would recommend limiting the following from your workout.
1. Hip abduction/adduction machine
The notion here is to lose unwanted fat around the hip area and tighten up in the waist. This device will provide work for muscles in that area, but I strongly recommend exercises like presses, squats, lunges and more multi-joint exercises that will more effectively work this area while also toning your legs and butt.
2. Bosu ball weight lifting
The idea behind Bosu balls is that you will work your core while working out. There are excellent exercises that can be realized with this ball, but doing regular weight training exercises with them do not apply. Standing on the ball to do arm curls, shoulder presses or other exercises can help work the core, but you will work the core doing standing compound exercises anyway. Standing on a Bosu ball will only hinder your ability to lift more heavily or with more intensity.
3. Multi-hip machine
This one isn’t that complicated. In fact, if you read exercise number one above, you’ll understand why this should be low on your priority list for exercises. It isn’t that this machine is so bad, it’s just that you’ll get so much more out of so many other options. Remember, you can’t spot reduce fat, so if you want to lose unwanted badness around your waist or butt, the best bet is the tried and true pressing exercises listed above and a consistent and clean diet.
Remember, training isn’t just about getting it done, but it’s also about getting it done right. Focus on the exercises that will have the most impact on your goals and understand that just because the movement is directly using the body part you want to impact doesn’t mean it’s going to alter that area more than other exercises that use multiple muscle groups.