If you take a walk around the gym, you’re likely to see lifters, runners, and interlopers, many doing exercises that are nearly useless when it comes to losing weight or building muscle. Even grizzled fitness veterans sometimes expend time and energy (although, sometimes expending energy is the point) doing exercises, or following workout regimens that are poorly designed or don’t deliver results.
For many people, simply mustering up the will power to get to the gym is tough enough. But to get there and ultimately waste your time doing things that aren’t going to help you reach your goals? That’s a recipe for injury or frustration.
With that in mind, you’ll want to know what you’re doing, or at least have some direction, before you hit the gym. Read up on the exercises you should avoid, and ways to dodge common injuries. Skip the machines and lifts that won’t help you reach your goals and, instead, focus on and build workouts that incorporate compound lifts and proven techniques.
Above all else, you’ll want to be extremely skeptical of anyone or anything telling you they know shortcuts to six-pack abs or miraculous weight loss. As an example, the following “workouts” aren’t really workouts at all, but empty promises delivered through clever marketing techniques. Though the progenitors swear by the results, dig a little deeper and you’ll find a lot to be desired. Instead, stick to the basics and come to terms with the fact that you’re likely in for a long, hard journey.