Fitness Training has Evolved!
I’m so glad that the times are changing. For the better part of two decades the fitness industry has been stuck in a bodybuilding hamster wheel. Everything related to fitness was idealized by muscle magazines and aerobics videos. Men were supposed to be buff. The more muscle you carried the more “fit” you were. Women were scared to death to gain any amount of muscle. I heard it for years: “I don’t want to get any muscle and look like those bodybuilders.” For years, all of this…was bullshit.
The Dawning of a New Era for Fitness
As bodybuilding fades out, a new breed of athlete enters the scene. The endurance athlete that is strong…or…The strength athlete that has stamina. The average person who can do extraordinary things because they broke the dogmatic training standards of the 80’s and 90’s and began to cross train. The athlete of today is not so one sided. It’s not just about muscle or how long you can go in step class. With things such as Crossfit, 5k’s and 10k’s with obstacle courses, triathlons and other activities on the rise has forced fitness routines have to be diverse. Strength, stamina, coordination, skill, endurance (on many levels) and functional movements are all factors that decide who is “fit” nowadays. I’ve always been an advocate of using the best of every sport to train. Finally fitness is catching on.
It’s not uncommon to see training programs that incorporate boxing, martial arts, yoga, high intensity interval training (HIIT), sports specific exercises, power-lifting movements, strongman training, olympic lifts, kettlebells, gymnastics and more! All of those specific athletes all have a specific skill set and to use the best of their methods in a well rounded fitness program is smart programming and makes for a better workout. It will definitely be a more fun too!
How are you shaking up your workout?
Are you “cross training” or are you still doing the same old “chest and arms,””legs and shoulders,” cardio, type of routine that was popularized in the days of old?
It’s time to make some changes. Time to infuse some new fitness methods into your routine and start making PROGRESS again!
The point of exercise is to challenge your body so that it is always adapting and you are always improving. Doing the same old routine is not progress…it’s barely maintaining. You can’t expect to make changes by doing the same old thing.
I challenge you to learn ONE new thing from a different discipline. Maybe it’s incorporating a yoga move, or adding in some sprints or even learning to do a handstand. Do something different! I guarantee your fitness level will change.