There is a stemming problem on social media that I see, and it’s called “The Toughest Workout”.  Lots of Instagram famous fitness profiles and such are posting things like “the hardest workout ever”, and people are loving them.  Problem with that is, if it’s the hardest workout ever, and you aren’t one of the most elite athletes ever, what do you think that’s going to do to you?  Or, what do you think that is going to DO for you, exactly, being as how your body or mind isn’t ready for that?

 

I get it.  Human nature is us wanting to be entertained.  It’s not us trying to perfect a basic movement like a push up, which has been around forever.  It’s watching someone pull a car, while doing box jumps with a tennis ball being randomly thrown at them.  The carryover from that exercise is blatantly obvious, right?  Yeah, me neither.  It looks fun to watch, but now, your idea of a fitness expert is that, because it’s validated by 300,000 other people who have all tagged their friends saying “Let’s do this next leg day”.  So now, this person is a fitness expert, when they have NO IDEA why they themselves are doing it in the first place.

 

Now, I’m sure I could gain a social media following by doing all my exercises with whatever tool I’m using lit on fire, but that’s not what it’s about.  Most of the things I do are purposefully trying to get me better or stronger.  They aren’t just a bunch of exercises I’m doing in futility and as a side effect, adaptation occurs.  What they are is programmed to make me a better mover, a stronger person physically, and healthier.  They may not all exhaust me to all ends, which is not the point.  There are workouts that should challenge you in terms of exhaustion, but not all of them.  There are workouts that should challenge your balance, but not all of them.  There are workouts that should make your muscles burn, but not all of them.

 

What is the purpose of your workout?  Do you have a plan?  Did your workout get you better at something, or did it just make you tired?  If it’s the latter, you might want to ask yourself how effective, globally, is what you are doing?