There’s always one.
One exercise you dread doing. One exercise you skip out on, or do halfheartedly or just avoid putting into your programming all together. When I used to go to the gym and train by myself there were certain days were I wouldn’t want to do my programming the way it was written out, even though I knew Steve had put it together that way for a reason.
For example, back when I was trying to lean out and still maintain and add muscle he would put high intensity bursts into my programming in the form of squat jumps or sprints. Some days I would do them kinda half assed and other days I would skip them all together. When I was really super motivated is when I put my all into my workouts and do everything exactly as written out and funny enough, those were the days I left the gym feeling the best about myself.
I realized that if I wanted to look a certain way I had to do certain things to get there. Once I put my mind to it and began doing my programming exactly as it should be the results started showing pretty quickly. You only get as much out of a workout program as you put into it.
I know a lot of people don’t have the luxury of having someone as knowledgeable as Steve to make up a custom program and tweak and change it as needed and this makes it all that more important to ensure that you are creating well balanced workouts for yourself.
If you hate certain exercises and never do them not only is it a possibility that your results will stall but you could also develop certain muscle imbalances. You cannot avoid training entire muscle groups just because they’re not your favourite, or too hard. Everyone does their own workout split that works best for them and you need to figure out how you can program in exercises that will benefit you and your goals.
If you’re unsure of how to set up a progressive program for yourself, look into hiring a trainer, even if it’s just to design a program. While it may be cheaper to have someone do this online I feel it’s important to have someone do a face to face one on one assessment so they can see how you move and function. Only through watching someone can you really determine where potential weaknesses and imbalances lie.
Sure lunges may not be your favourite thing but sometimes you have to suck it up and stick it out to get where you want. Most of the exercises I used to avoid (because they were hard) are now my favourite because I know all the benefits they have on my physique.
So the next time you think about skipping over an exercise, stop and think about if it’s really worth it and then push through.
What’s Your Least Favourite Exercise?