6 Exercises You Love to Hate

Do you voluntarily throw down some burpees during your lunch hour workout or in your living room when you’re binging on Netflix?

Yeah … neither do we. They’re the worst!

If you hadn’t heard, burpees are now officially recognized as the most dreaded exercise on the planet. Let’s stop hating on them for one second, though. There are plenty of other painful exercises out there that hurt so much in the moment you’d rather pass. Although they mainly work the entirety of your abdominal muscles, lower back, quads, deltoids, and traps, side planks force you to engage your entire body to maintain form. If you find your hips sagging, it’s a sign you’ll need to strengthen them — one more reason not to skip this move. Start with 15 seconds on each side and work your way up.

Any exercise with the word ‘jump’ in it is bound to be hard, and frog jumps may take the cake. Also known as traveling squat jumps, this explosive plyometric movement requires maximal effort for each rep. By jumping as high and as far as you can, you’ll be breathing heavy and your legs will be on fire even after 10 reps.

Even though they’re hard, they’re so worth it. They mainly work your glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves, and your core while bolstering strength. A frog jump can also easily become a cardiovascular workout as part of a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routine.

Probably the most universally hated exercise, burpees are actually one of the best total-body moves you can incorporate into your workout. They improve both cardiovascular and muscular endurance, as well as strength. They’re challenging, but can even be modified so beginners can reap the same benefits as veteran exercisers.

When we say a burpee is a total-body move, we mean it. It works the glutes, quads, calves, abs, deltoids, triceps, and pectorals. Oh, plus your heart. Convinced yet?

Unfortunately — you know where we’re going with this — moves like planks, wall sits, and yes, your favorite burpees, are the ones with the most benefits. Well, shoot.So, before you skip these dreaded exercises, read on to understand why they’re so beneficial for you. You might just want to add them back in to your workout rotation.

 

 

 

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