September 1st, 2015; by Alex Orlov
The best exercise might be the one you aren't doing. Switching up your usual workout routine will challenge your muscles in new ways and battle boredom, which could make you more motivated to work out in the first place. So if you catch yourself on the elliptical for hours on end -- or doing crunches 'til your neck gives out -- we're here to intervene.
To honor the forgotten, overlooked or unappreciated movements, we asked top trainers to weigh in on the best exercises that fly under the radar. Not only will these moves build strength, improve endurance and burn calories, they'll keep you making progress toward your goals. Whether you've been working out for three days or 30 years, we bet you'll learn a tip or two from the 15 exercises below (listed in order of beginner to more advanced).
The Most Underrated Exercises You're Not Doing
1. The Superman
Targets: Hamstrings, abs, lower and upper back muscles
Superheroes might have a reputation for abs of steel, but the superman exercise is all about the back. And that's a good thing, according to Jonathan Angelilli, fitness trainer and founder of TrainDeep, a holistic fitness system. "[Supermans] are way more important than crunches," he says, because the exercise does a better job of promoting good posture and strengthening the muscles in your back.
How to Get Started: Check out this article on back exercises to prioritize your posterior.