I started this blog, this business because I have seen what it looks like to not be unhealthy but to be uninformed about what is going on with your health. I have had family members go to a physician and leave not knowing what it is they have been told moving forward with any illnesses they have. You would think, “Why would they know?” They are not doctors right? Why do they need to know about the medication they take? The doctor said it would “fix” the problem. Does this happen to you in the gym? Of course you are not taking medication at the gym (At least I hope not). You are being given a workout prescription.
So, do you know why you are given that particular piece of work? What it is you are working on? Muscular Endurance, Strength, Cardiovascular Endurance. Should the workout be done at a Max Effort? Now, I won’t say that you should know what energy system you need to be working from. Understanding that there are different systems that your body uses to produce energy without getting too crazy. Not having a basic understanding of why you are doing an exercise takes away from you being able to prepare mentally. To make the connection from you brain to you muscles makes it more difficult to complete an exercise especially if you are brand new to exercise.
The biggest example I have of this that I started to notice is famous Cross fit. Have you ever heard, “Cross fit is dangerous.” I have been doing Cross fit for a while now and I think it is a great fitness program for general fitness. I also think that it is just one of many fitness methodologies and it is only as safe as the person performing it and their ability to be honest with themselves and the coach they are training with. Being a good coach or rather having a good coach is only a small part of the equation. They can help you develop a plan for your goals, hold you accountable but they cannot do the work for you. They can also be wrong. It is important to trust in a program, but only you know how your body feels and if it doesn’t feel safe this doesn’t mean don’t do it. Maybe it means just figure out a way around it that doesn’t hurt as much. Barbell push presses hurt? Try single arm Kettle Bell Presses instead. Also, maybe make sure there is nothing going on that exercise alone won’t be able to fix.
At some point you should start to learn something from your training, or else how will you completely benefit from it? If you are there to just do the workouts, that’s fine too. You will see some results but if you take medication for blood pressure alone you will also see some results. You may never ever get off that medication and your body may never function like it is meant to. No big deal. At the end it is all your choice, that is the point. You have a choice to get involved in your process and really provide the right type of feedback to your coach/coach’s. If you are already doing this then good. Keep it up, even spread it to other parts of your life. If you are not, start. That’s the easiest way to get going. Whether it be a work, home or the gym. Participate! Help with the solution to your problem and don’t just wait for someone to fix it for you. We all have something to say, open your mouth and say it.