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Why You Should Do The Exercise You Hate Most?

March 22nd, 2011 · 4 Comments ·


I am sure you have few workouts you do not enjoy doing.  You probably do not even remember when you did it last time since you have not been doing it for some time.  No worry, everyone has few favorite exercises and few which he hates the most.  I used to dislike squat and pull up.  Now, have you ever wondered why you hate those workouts and why you like some?

Here are few reasons I could think of:

1) We do not like doing something which we are naturally good at. It is probably that you are struggling with the technique too.  I remembered my instructor has to spend so much time in getting me to do the squat correctly.  I started doing it using my body weight without barbell on my shoulder.  I kept doing it wrong by getting my knee crossing the toe lines or body going too low or arching my back too much.  I almost gave up, but I kept on practicing with mirrors at the front and the side.  Then, slowly, I became better.  So, for exercise which you don’t like, instead of skipping it, spend more time and be more patient and I am sure you will master the correct technique to do it.


2) We hate pain and some of the workout make your muscle sore.  I hated pull up and bench press initially.  When I bench pressed, my arms always failed before I could feel my chest muscles were really working hard.  I felt so much pain on my arms, including my wrist too.  When I did was to train on my biceps and triceps because I realize those parts were my weakest parts.  I have also changed the way I hold the barbell to avoid the strains on the wrists.  After some time, I noticed big improvement when comes to barbell bench pressing.  Not that I could lift super heavy weights, just that I could stabilize the weights properly and complete three sets with good form.  As for pull-up, by building my arms, though I could still the pain while I was lifting myself up, I find it much easier to handle it.  I guess most ladies hates doing push up and crunches.  So,  try my method of training the arms.  After all, no pain, no gain.

3) Some people do not do a specific exercise because of their incorrect belief.  Take cardiovascular exercise as an example, some people do not do it for two main reasons.

  • They feel that they do not have the stamina. If you are one of them, I suggest you to start slow.  Do not expect you will be running faster than the fit guy next to you in your first run.  Take things slowly.  Let your body adapt to a new exercise routine if you have not been exercising for a long period.  Once you get used to it, then only you start to increase your pace or the distance you run.  Start steadily, but never ever give up just because you think you do not have stamina to run, swim or cycle.
  • Others feel that cardio is wasting their time. I admit that I used to have this thinking too.  I rather spent the time in doing biceps curl, deadlift, triceps dips or other workout.  Later, I realize cardio is a must to burn the stubborn body fat.  Once I incorporate cardio as part of my routine, after 6 months, my body fat has been reduced for about 2 percent.


Having said that, you should not do the exercise if it aggravates an injury. For example, if you have knee problem, you probably should not run on treadmill without getting doctor’s advice and instructor’s guidance.  Sometime, it is alright to “hate” an exercise when you know that it will make you worse.

Based on my experience, once you do the exercise you dislike a lot, you will start enjoying it. What is more important is to overcome that fear or the dislike feeling.  Do them consistently until you are no longer afraid of doing them.  In fact, most of the times, the types of exercise that we are not good at may be the one we really need to spend more time.  They help us to build stamina, train our endurance, and strengthen our weak muscles.  Who knows, the one you hate the most may end up you enjoy the most.



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  • Simon // Mar 22, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    I couldn’t agree more people avoid these exercises however they are some of the most productive. I find that many people avoid squats in a muscle build workout routine as the believe they will be only working their legs. Although squats are one of the most important exercises as it increases your core strength dramatically.

  • gymgoers // Mar 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    i seriously hate pull ups… but i have to be on fire to do it to complete the sets else when it goes half way through the reps it’ll be very disappointing ….

  • Michelle // Apr 4, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Unfortunately, I hate doing squats, which is probably the single best exercise for anyone to do. Good article and thanks for posting.

  • tmy // Apr 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    i hate lunges coz i have very bad knees especially the left one. but the latest body pump 77 release has this really good lunges workout that actually make my butt ache each and everytime after one session of it. Start to fall in love with lunges all over again :)

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