People are very fond of bicep curls. It's understandable, as a bulging bicep has been the standard image for strength for generations. And there is nothing wrong with having "big guns"...but curls are given waaaaaaaaaay too much importance!
I see people doing them all day every day. And when i ask what their actual goals are in the gym, the most common answers are
"to lose some weight and get a bit fitter".
I was taking a client round the gym yesterday, and he asked me a common question... "whats the right way to do a situp?" The short answer to this is "there isn't one"...the long answer is:
There is probably a million different ways to do a situp or crunch, and none of them are right, and none of them are wrong...they are just different. Some versions will be:
I've done a fair few workouts, and seen even more, but these things are always included in the best...
Forgive me for the rambling nature of this post...it's early and I'm still half asleep. I did a very quick and un-scientific survey in work over the weekend.
"Why do you actually do exercise?"
Fancy new, shiny machines and equipment will not improve your weight/strength/tone/fitness etc. You do that by moving your body with speed, vigor, intensity and variety. And to do that takes the right attitude, not something you buy from a tv advert. Save your money and do some burpees instead :)
Spent all day in work at the gym helping out people where i could, and noticed i was telling the same things to almost everybody. These are just a few of the fundamental mistakes made in the gym. If you can correct these, you will be well on your way to a better workout!
1. Losing weight, or losing fat?
1. Using weights is NOT bodybuilding
There is a common misconception that if you so much as look at a weight, you will turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is not true. Using weights in different ways will have vastly different effects on your body. Weights are commonly used for:
What do I need to eat?
There are 6 basic parts that are essential to a healthy diet. These are:
But we will look mainly at the first three: