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Getting to the gym is hard enough- so now that you’re there let’s make it count. Not all fitness machines/equipment are created equal. Some are worth exploring, but tons are honestly a complete waste of time. Not sure what camp your favorite gym activity falls in? Read this and get ready to take the work out of your workout.

Treadmill Dreadmill

The number one reason why people join gyms is for the cardio machines- and the #1 cardio machine is the treadmill. I mean, this popular machine is excellent for winter running or even for a good ol’ power walk, however here’s the deal: they are boring. Constantly clocking miles on a conveyer belt can lead to lackadaisical workouts if you aren’t careful. So spice things up by adding an incline or by throwing in some interval work the next time you sweat it out on the treadmill. By ramping things up you are telling your body, “Hey, I came to work. Not chill.”

Press Away From The Leg Press Machine

Ever wonder why you never have to wait in line in order to get on the leg press and leg extension machine? Because there are better ways to tone your legs that’s why. These machines (along with many other stationary lower body machines) completely go against our body’s natural way of moving. Think about it, we walk around on our legs all day, squat down to pick things up and sometimes even sprint a few feet for the train or a taxi. So why would you work them at the gym by sitting on a machine? Ditch these time wasters and opt for more functional movements like squats and lunges instead.

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