fitness

8 Workout Moves That Are a Waste of Time ...

Holly Riordan

8 Workout Moves That Are a Waste of Time  ...

Some of your favorite exercises are putting unwanted pressure on your bones. After all, you want to help your body, not hurt it. That's why Redbook Mag suggests that you stop performing these workout moves:

1 Crunches

Crunches These can put way too much strain on your neck. "You're really better off just doing a standard sit-up because your abs are going to work much harder from the top to bottom,"

2 Bench Dips

Bench Dips "This exercise—where you hold yourself up at the edge of a bench and, using only your arms, lower yourself up and down—is a really unsafe and unnatural position for your shoulders." You should grab some weights instead and hold them over your head.

3 Adductor and Abductor Machines

Adductor and Abductor Machines "While these machines seem like a great option for trimming your inner and outer thighs, the unnatural position they put your body in is all the more reason to skip 'em." Instead, you should try doing some clockwork lunges.

4 Weighted Side Bend

Weighted Side Bend "If you're doing a side bend with any sort of weight, you're really building that oblique muscle, which is going to give the appearance of a thicker middle." You should do woodchoppers with weights instead.

5 Leg Extension

Leg Extension These can really stress out your bones. That's why you should do squats instead.

6 Leg Hover

Leg Hover These are great for your abs, but horrible for the rest of your body. That's why you should do 90 degree toe touches instead.

7 Shoulder Press Machine

Shoulder Press Machine You should do shoulder presses. Just don't do them on the machine, because that machine will limit your movements.

8 The Leg Extension

human action, structure, room, sport venue, WRONG, You're putting a lot of unnecessary stress on your knees. You should be doing basic squats instead which works your hamstrings, quads, and glutes.

What exercises do you always skip?