We all have exercises we don’t love. You all know how I feel about planks, for instance. But how many of those exercises are our least favourite just because we suck at them?
After all, if you’re bad at something, that just means you’re not good at it yet. I used to hate running hills, but then I learned how to run them effectively. Once I didn’t dread hill training, I started to do a lot of hill training. And whaddaya know, I’m good at hills now.
Sometimes getting better at an exercise is a matter of technique. If I wanted to be good at the snatch, I’d have to spend a lot of time with a coach. But other times, all you need is a hack or two, or a shift in perspective. Maybe there’s a mental trick that could help me keep from getting bored and discouraged in the middle of a plank—or, for that matter, a treadmill run.
We’ve tackled a few challenging exercises here on Lifehacker already. I still swear by this workout for people looking to get their first pull-up. (Update: I can do seven in a row now!) And we’ve shown you a path to doing box jumps without freaking out, no matter what level you’re starting at. So tell us what else you’re terrible at, and why.
Do you need mental training, physical workouts, or a mix? And if you’ve overcome a dreaded exercise and turned it into your favourite, tell us how!