While all exercise will help you get into better shape and lead a healthy lifestyle, the things you’re trying to accomplish need to affect which exercises you choose to do on a regular basis.
However, there are certain times in every fitness fan’s life where they choose an exercise to accomplish a goal and see less than adequate results – if they see results at all.
There are certain techniques that may seem worthwhile, but in reality you’d be better off picking one of many viable alternatives.
There are a number of shockingly popular exercises that aren’t just “slow” with regards to the results they produce – they’re all but worthless in even the best situations.
1. The Triceps “Bench” Dip
The triceps “bench” dip requires you to sit on one of two benches that have been placed in positions parallel to one another.
With your arms on the bench behind you and your feet on the bench in front, you raise and lower yourself in a series of repetitions.
One of the “benefits” of this exercise is that it allows you to adjust the bench heights to allow for a fuller range of motion.
In reality, no height adjustment will make this exercise any less worthless than it already is.
The issue is that you’re using a great deal of force to accomplish very little.
There are better techniques for your arms, back and core that don’t require the amount of strain triceps “bench” dips are known to force on unsuspecting fitness buffs.
Instead of using the triceps “bench” dip, try doing regular dips as an alternative. Most people only choose to go with triceps “bench” dips in the first place out of a lack of equipment, lack of necessary strength or both.
You can accomplish much the same thing with two chairs in a similar position. You can also use other techniques like variants of pushups to focus on your arms and core the way that triceps “bench” dips are supposed to in the first place. As with many of the exercises on the list, these dips require a lot of effort for practically no results. The only thing you’re doing is wasting your time.