Only Running On The Treadmill
Running like a maniac on that treadmill for a good hour? Well, unless you’re mixing your cardio with weight lifting, continuous running isn’t doing anything for your weight loss goals. The only time an hour on the treadmill is appropriate is if you’re preparing for a marathon.
Inner/Outer Thigh Machines
You can definitely skip the inner and outer thigh machines because they work such a small patch of muscle and because the movements are so unnatural. You may wind up building up the very area you’re trying to trim down. For toned legs, you’ll get much better results with moves like holding a weighted ball as you do basic squats, lunges and side squats.
If you work out thinking you’re only targeting one specific part of your body, there’s nothing happening to that unwanted fat. There is no such thing as spot reduction. You will get much better results by reducing your carb intake at night, eating proper amounts of protein, reducing your sugar and alcohol levels and working out your whole body.
Squats on the Smith Machine
The problem: The bar on the machine doesn’t give, which can force the body into risky positions. Plus, people tend to put their feet farther in front of their bodies when doing squats on the machine, which makes matters worse.