Today I want to touch base on the importance of personalized training and why each individual should carefully examine their exercise routine to make sure it is consistent with their lifestyle or goals. I think often times we go to the gym and just dive in without thinking what area of the body the exercise is working or the benefits of that exercise. Many of us are stuck in what I like to call high school workout syndrome as well, the good ol basic lifts (3 sets of ten) on bench, squat, leg press, etc. We have found our exercise routine and have ran with it for years which has many negative effects . It is important to have a personalized training program to increase your specific activity performance as well as help you achieve your ideal physique and fitness goals.
First of all when it comes to a fitness program it is often times like our nutrition, we fail to plan for it which leads to inconsistencies and blank stares in the gym. It is important to go to the gym with a plan for several reasons. First of all it actually saves time and keeps you on track, a plan allows for no down time and holds you accountable to finish your plan. This will also help to increase our anaerobic activity as you should have less down time trying to figure out your next lift. An added benefit to planning is you will have all of your previous exercises as a reference and point to build on. Lastly a plan allows you to think about which muscles you want to use or which activity you want to train specifically for. Do you want to gain muscles, lose fat, run a marathon, rock climb, ski, snowboard, play tennis? These all require a different plan of action to maximize our performance and results.
The other reason we need to utilize a personalized training program stems from what I call the high school workout syndrome. We were taught a certain number of basic lifts when we were younger and have ran with them all the way to our 30's. While it is great to have a workout routine, its not great for it to become routine. This allows for stagnant results on our bodies, declining performance in our activities, and eventually discontinuation. The other problem with theses cookie cutter gym workouts is most lifts are done on the sagittal plane, increasing risk for injury on the lateral plane. Focus on the natural movements of the body which don't include being locked into a machine. Make your workouts fun and challenging, try new things and stay off the machines, and most importantly don't fall into the high school workout syndrome.
In conclusion, It is important to have a personalized training program to increase your specific activity performance as well as help you achieve your ideal physique and fitness goals. With just a few small changes in your routine, I feel you will immediately start seeing results and reach your full potential. Contact Nick at Fight Gravity Fitness to help you get started on a personalized program today!