Friday, April 8, 2011

5 Exercises I Love to Hate

As I've mentioned before, my training style has changed a lot this past year. I'm now doing different exercises that I'd avoided in the past simply because they were either uncomfortable or there were other exercises I preferred to do instead.

In order to win my Pro card, however, I need to have a balanced, symmetrical physique. And that means I have a love/hate with a couple exercises in particular.

  • Pullups top my list of exercises I love to hate. I genuinely dread doing pullups, but at the same time, I LOVE how they make my back look! For the first time in my life, I actually have wings (lats)!

I finally grew wings!
  • We all whine about lunges, but I can't think of any successful Figure competitor who DOESN'T do them. They're pretty much a necessary evil in order to get a nice glute/hamstring tie-in.
  • I really despise dumbbell rows. I don't really have a good reason for despising them other than the fact that the row is an awkward, uncomfortable movement for me (which is why I avoided them for years). They do wonders in thickening my back, though!
  • I've been doing rear dumbbell or cable flyes quite a bit lately, but no matter how often I do them, the movement is still awkward and uncomfortable. Tell ya what, though. I finally have visible rear delts!
  • I used to hate squats for the simple reason that, if done properly (ass to the grass), squats are hard! But they're also one of the best overall exercises to do. I firmly believe that squats should be included in every serious competitor's training program.
    Squatting plates on Monday
    Well, there ya have it! My list of the top 5 exercises I love to hate. Check out the lists some of my friends compiled too! Donloree, Alli, Ashley, Dawn, Liz, Jen, Colleen, Lisa, Kendra and Tiffany all wrote their own lists, and I bet we have some of the same exercises on our lists!

    What are some exercises YOU love to hate? Do you do them anyway or do you avoid them like I used to?

    13 comments:

    1. Love the wings! You are going to fly to success.

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    2. Awesome pic! I agree you will fly to success! And I agree about the squats

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    3. I agree with you on the dumbbell rows...so akward. Also, seeing the picture of you squatting means I really don't go low enough...need to work on that!

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    4. your list is like my list!!!!
      oh and AWESOME WINGS!!!!!!!! no doubts you will fly high and reach your goals this season!!!!!!!

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    5. I hate pull ups too! And love your wings!

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    6. I totally agree with you on the lunges and squats! I have to say though, I love pullups and any kind of row (seated, dumbbell, cable, etc)...

      Any kind of quad exercise hurts like crazy, so my quad superset is definitely my least favorite exercise(s)!

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    7. Your back looks phenominal! I totally agree with the pullups.

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    8. Thx everyone! Having wings is so exciting! :)

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    9. Lookin good girl! I'm excited to follow your journey to Pro! I know you will win it! Not sure when my nex show is, but I'm sure we will be competing together again in the near furure :)

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    10. AMAZING wings... for anyone who has never had to really try to get them they just can't quite appreciate HOW HARD IT IS! :) Your awesome. our lists are very similar.

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    11. your back is GORGEOUS - i can't wait to see you on stage! I freaking HATEEEEE lunges but I know how great they are for your body. I used to do them weight on the smith machine now I can't seem to bear to get up there - so painful!

      I just whine and moan about them instead now :)

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    12. Danielle-Looking forward to competing on the same stage with you again! ;) Hope it's soon!!

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