Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Most Dreaded Exercises

Good morning!

How are you all doing this hump day?!

Humpity humpity hump.

Can you tell someone's had their coffee?? :)

So this morning, while I was knocking out one of Fitnessista's Bridal Bootcamp  workouts (Week #1, Workout #3), I got to thinking about my least favorite "strength training" exercises.

Pretty negative thinking for me, eh?

Maybe it's because all THREE of my least favorites are in the workout I was doing this morning - go figure!

Anyway, I think it's okay to admit that I hate certain exercises, since I usually end up grinning & bearing them in the end.

Here are my Top 3 most dreaded exercises:

Numero Uno: The BURPEE. 

Blech blech blech.  I hate the burpee.

Why do I hate it so much?

Maybe it's the fact that it just plain takes a lot of physical effort, or maybe it's because I always end up feeling like I have shaken baby syndrome by the end of a set.

I'm pretty sure we can all agree that the burpee pretty much stinks and should be abolished from the workout dictionary completely.

Moving on...

Numero Dos: The Single Leg Deadlift

I am no fan of the single leg deadlift.

Maybe it's because this is a new-to-me exercise that is taking me forever to figure out, or maybe it's because I really need to work on my balance.

When I have 10 deadlifts to do, it usually takes me about 20 tries, because I'm falling over so much.

Numero Tres: The REAL Push Up

I know, I know, push ups are a work out staple - we all have to do them.

I have always been the absolute queen of the girly push up.

Never did I once even try to do a push up from my toes until I started going to Barre Bee Fit.

I can now do some real push ups (15 to 20 a set is my max), but even though I'm ashamed to admit it, it is still somewhat of a struggle for me.

I'm working on it!

Now, lets end on a positive note, shall we? :)

What is my favorite strength training exercise?

Any form of bicep curl + plie squat combo is my kinda burn. 

(Is it just me, or does it seem like that girl accidentaly wore her bikini bottoms to the gym?)

You can see a bunch of variations of my favorite combo here, in a little video Gina did.

Love those! :)

So what do I tell myself when I have to do a burpee/deadlift/pushup to get myself through it?

Well, I like to think of a little quote from the movie Elf, of course! 

You remember when buddy said "smiling was his favorite" to his boss at Gimbels?

And, what did his boss say back?

"Make work your favorite!"

So, to myself, when I'm thinking "But, bicep curls & plie squats are my favorite!!"...

I say, "Make burpees/deadlifts/pushups your favorite!"

Then, I giggle, and I get it done.

If that doesn't work, I just think about what I have waiting for me when I get home...

A delicious smoothie made by a very handsome fiance :)

Something to talk about: What is your most dreaded exercise? How do you get through it?

Have a great day!!



1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree with you more! I very much dislike burpees! Funny thing I just learned last night at boxing, these are named "burpees" because when you do them, you feel like you are going to burp by the time you jump up...apparently! They are definitely very challenging!