If you’re interested in fitness…
Do yourself a favour: Follow a movement program.
Most people don’t, and coincidentally most people don’t make any progress. Or they make a bit of progress, then create a host of muscular imbalances, suffer from ‘spontaneous’ back pain, and then taper out and give up. DON’T DO THIS.
I say this from experience. I did this. It’s undesirable to say the least. I have spent 5 years correcting the muscular imbalances that I created during my ‘hardcore fitness’ phase. I was going to the gym, training for 2 hours a day, going hard, and doing whatever the flip came to my mind: Endurance, HIIT, Calisthenics, Powerlifting: you name it! I would leave completely done for the day (let alone the next day). This is not a good approach; It hurts. Now I train from a program specific approach exclusively, and ornament that with little add ons that I am interested in.
(To top it all off I was eating around 2000 calories a day, sometimes considerably less in order to ‘cut down’. This was not nearly enough for my activity level, body type, and age and can unbelievably detrimental to overall health let alone fitness! I will cover this topic in another post… for now here is an article to consider.)
Instead, here is what you should consider:
First: Have a clear goal in mind.
If you don’t, then you will end up doing what I did, which is dabble around in various kinds of training, hitting one thing one day, another another day, and ending up with ALL KINDS of muscular imbalances. This is the opposite of what we want.
When we are training, first and foremost what we are looking for is balance, durability, integrity, control.
Second: Follow a program.
Following a program that is oriented specifically for correcting the muscular imbalances particular to your goal/sport is the right thing to do for a plethora of reasons. An easy peasy one being that it is designed by a movement professional, and thus you are skipping years and years of trial and error.
Another good reason is that it is time efficient. You only have to follow what the program says and you’re sorted. No more wandering around the gym wondering what to do next.
If you’re not yet sold, then consider also: you will have measurable results. This is the scientific method at it’s most fundamental.
Here is a GREAT place to start for the vast majority of people, beginners and athletes alike. This program has influenced the way that I look at exercise and fitness dramatically, and I implore you to take a look and consider this investment.
I recommend this program on a weekly basis to people. Follow this course, listen to the advice that it gives, cultivate physical autonomy, get rich. (apart from the last one)
Click here for a good program.
I have no affiliation to GMB. They are just the bomb in my opinion. There are many great companies out there. The most important thing is to find teachers that are right for your goals.
Anyway, here’s a quote:
“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” – Karl A. Menninger
If you liked this post, check out this post also. I think you’ll like it. Peace.