We know you’ve already got a lot on your plate and you really have to cut the fat these days. When one of the most common excuses we hear for not hitting the gym is that there isn’t enough time, productivity and efficiency are key when you work out. You have a job, family, friends, and more to deal with on a daily basis, not to mention finding an hour to head to the gym to improve your physique so you want the best bang for your buck when you’re in the gym.

After all, we’d hate for you to go to the gym for a month and not be rewarded for your work—especially if things like your diet and sleep are on point. Certain exercises, such as the ones listed below, just won’t get you results anytime soon.

“You’re wasting a lot of time and energy on things that don’t give you the desired effect when you could be putting that time and energy into much more productive exercises,” says Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., exercise science director at Quincy College in Massachusetts. He estimates that nearly half the people in the gym could substitute their usual strength training routine with better exercises to achieve their goals faster and more effectively.

Of course we want to point out that there are very few exercises that are completely useless across the board, but here are the ones that are less worthy of your time—particularly if strength is your goal.



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