Why You Should Do More of The Exercises You Hate the Most.

All of us have certain exercises that we don’t like. For me, it’s doing squats. Take a minutes or two to think of your most dreaded exercises.

Why don’t you like them?

For most of us, it’s because we’re not naturally good at them. As someone that is trying to build the musculature of his legs, my lower half is definitely my weaker half. So, when I do squats, I struggle to keep the bar level and to maintain proper form. And I get frustrated when the gym-goers around me are able to use heavier resistance.

Let’s face it: We don’t like doing things that we’re not good at.

We don’t like those challenging exercises that make us struggle. But those exercises that make us struggle are precisely the exercises we need to do the most; they’re targeting areas in which we need improvement. And the only way that we can hope to improve is by doing more of it.

The bottom line: If you don’t like it, it’s usually a sign that you need to be doing more of it. Don’t give up, and don’t be tempted to skip over it. Stick with it, and as you become better at it, you’ll probably start to like it more, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

About Davey Wavey

Davey Wavey is a certified personal trainer and YouTube sensation with more than 250 million video views. For Davey's fitness tips and secrets, sign up for his free monthly newsletter - or download any of his affordable and effective workout programs.


  1. What I’ve always told clients- the exercises you like least are doing you the most good.

  2. Hey Davey
    I really hate push ups. Ive always thought of them as a punishment not an exercise. I guess ive just watched too many army movies. Lol
    Love watching your videos, keep up the great work.

  3. AXOLOTL15 says:

    I’m the opposite of Davey, for some reason it’s a reeze for me to increase muscle mass in my legs. I have underdeveloped pecs and shoulders but massive quads for some reason… I guess it’s genetics.

    Speaking of which, I hate hate hate shoulder bench presses. It’s such an awkward angle! I get tired after only a handful of repetitions with dismally low weights (compared to my regular bench pressing weights) .Still, I’m not gonna give up on them.

  4. I hate squats and deadlifts, so I just don’t do them, I do leg press and leg extensions instead.

    Maybe I will start doing them again.

  5. I’ve got better quads and calves than upper body, and i only really dislike the dumbbell rows … apparently when i do it with a bar it seems to work better and much easier. I’m reluctant to go back but is it worth the return if I have found a more effective (it is a lot harder!) but something I like more?