Top 3 Most Annoying Exercises

There was a recent survey that was conducted asking nearly 100 people which exercises they hated the absolute most. I must say that the responses were not entirely surprising! Here were the top three responses:   Screenshot_2014-04-29-16-12-27-1 Burpees Burpees work a range of head-to-toe muscles, including lower back, chest, shoulders, triceps, hamstrings, glutes, and abs, to name a few. They also raise your heart rate, incorporating cardio work into a strength exercise. Not surprising that Burpees made the list because they leave you feeling like you got hit by a Mack truck! How to do them correctly:
  • Begin in a standing position. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Now, lower your body into a squatting position, placing your hands on the floor in front of you.
  • Kick your feet back so that you are in push-up position. Keep your hands firmly on the ground to support your body.
  • Lower your chest to do a push-up. Bring your chest back up.
  • Kick your feet back to their original position. Stand up, and then jump into the air while clapping your arms overhead.
  • Repeat.
images (2) Mountain Climbers The rapid-fire in-and-out movement of the legs raises your heart rate fast. The move also works the chest, shoulders, triceps, and the core. How to do them correctly:
  • Start the exercise by lying face down on the floor.
  • Straighten out your arms and then touch your knees down to the ground or floor.
  • Now you are ready to lift yourself up into position. When doing this, be sure that your hands are directly under your chest at a width that is slightly more than your shoulder length distance.
  • Once you have settled into position and checked the position of your hands you should be sure to keep your legs stretched out, ensuring that they are properly lined up with the rest of your body. Pay special attention to your knees as many people tend to create a gap here but that should be avoided. If the recommended position is uncomfortable for you, it is alright to modify it slightly as long as you maintain the correct posture.
  • Now you should stretch out your left leg for stability. Bend your right knee and bring it up in the direction of your right hand. At this point, you should be in a similar position to the one you would be in if you were climbing a mountain or tree (hence the name) except horizontal instead of vertical.
  • After bringing your right knee up, return it to the original position and do the previous step with your left leg. (Once again, bend the left knee and bring it up towards the left hand mimicking the actions of a mountain climber)
images (1) Perfect Pushups Lots of people do pushups—but many do them incorrectly. A “perfect” pushup means maintaining perfect body position: head down; hands evenly spaced and under the shoulders; a flat, tabletop back with a slant from the hips to foot. Doing it right means working the chest, triceps, shoulders, and core.   How to do them correctly:
  • Get into a plank position with hands planted directly under the shoulders (slightly wider than shoulder width apart). Ground the toes into the floor to stabilize the bottom half of the body. Engage the abs and back so the body is neutral. In other words, flat as a… plank (ah, now we get it!)
  • Begin to lower the body—back flat, eyes focused about three feet in front of you to keep a neutral neck—until the chest nearly touches the floor. (Note: Some experts say a push-up isn’t a push-up unless the chest actually grazes the ground). Don’t let the butt dip or stick out at any point during the move; the body should remain flat from head to toe all the way through the movement. Draw the shoulder blades back and down, while keeping the elbows tucked close to the body, so the upper arms form a 45-degree angle at the bottom of the push-up position.
  • Keeping the core engaged, exhale as you push back to the start position as explosively as possible without leaving the ground.
  If you want to combine these exercises into one workout, try this 5 Day Total Body Workout plan! Of course, this is all a matter of an opinion. However, which exercises are most annoying to you?

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