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A Definitive Ranking Of The 12 Worst Exercises

Exer*sighs*

Working out is great.

Except for when it’s not.

Because certain exercises can be impossible/annoying/generally terrible.

12. Like cycling on a stationary bike.

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Can’t even feel the burn.
Too busy feeling butt breaking from seat.

11. Ellipticals.

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Which way is forwards? Which way is backwards? I kind of feel like Gandalf with these handles.

10. Running on a treadmill.

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Working out, feeling good, master of running.

What do you mean it’s only been 3 minutes?

The correct way to run on a treadmill.

 

Liz Lemon is a fitness guru.

 

9. Leg presses/leg curls/anything on a machine for your legs.

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Ugh at least I’m sitting.

8. Wall sits.

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I TAKE THAT BACK. I HATE SITTING.

7. Bicep curls.

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Biceps, triceps, deltoids, flextoids, quadraceps what even is arm muscle nomenclature.

Because there is no way to not look like a jerk while you do them.

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6. Pilates: the hundred

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NECK STRAIN.

5. Any variation of a crunch/sit-up.

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MORE NECK STRAIN.

4. Any variation of a crunch/sit-up on a medicine ball.

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The sad irony of not being able to balance on a balance ball.

3. Aerobics/dance/kickboxing/any combination of all three classes in mirror-walled rooms.

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^WHAT YOU THINK YOU LOOK LIKE.

^WHAT YOU ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE IN THE MIRROR.

2. Burpees

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First burpee: Psh, easy as pie.

After five burpees: WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME

And the worst exercise of them all:

1. Planks.

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MODIFIED PLANKS.

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ARM EXTENSION PLANKS.

SIDE PLANKS.

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ARM EXTENSION SIDE PLANKS.

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EVERY KIND OF PLANK THAT HAS EVER BEEN DONE EVER.

*collapses physically and emotionally*

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