No doubt, any exercise is better than no exercise at all.
So, while it’s silly to say that an exercise is “useless”, it’s not unfair to say that some exercises are definitely more worthy of your time than others; that some of the more commonly used moves are, overrated, if you will.
This notion holds especially true for gym-goers and exercisers in search of a big burn, even when time is limited. If you only have say, 30 minutes to spend at the gym, you want to make sure that you’re making the most of every one of those precious minutes, right?
Though, while giving it your all is important if you want to see results, one thing you should also remember is that the “best exercises” are going to be the exercises that will help you reach your goals. It’s important to keep in mind that there’s no “one size fits all” exercise regimen that works for everyone. What works for your gym buddy may not be the best option for you.
With that in mind, if you happen to perform some of the following exercises on the regular (depending on your goals, of course), you may want to consider swapping them for new, more challenging alternatives.
Is the seated row an exercise you should absolutely never consider again? No. Who knows, maybe it will serve an important role in helping you reach one of your fitness goals in the future.
But if right now you’re in need of new ways to make your gym sessions more challenging, try swapping in these moves that may be more worthy of your time.
Overrated: Seated Row
This exercise mainly targets muscles in the back and shoulders. However, instead of assuming a seated position (something you likely do all day long in an office), for many it makes sense to put these body parts to work with a more challenging alternative to the traditional row exercise.
Upgrade: Renegade Row
Instead of the seated row, assume the plank position for an alternating dumbbell row, which will require greater engagement from your core as well other stabilizer muscles in your shoulders and lower body. In order to properly engage your back muscles, be sure to lift your elbows straight back, keeping your arms close to your side, and to squeeze your shoulder blades as you lift your arm.