The small studio fitness space seems to be dominated by business models which take you from a cardio machine to a bodyweight exercise. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth and… You’re done! Shred415, Dethrone, Barry’s Bootcamp, Orange Theory Fitness. This is the trend I’m seeing. As if no one wants to think about how their body moves,because that is the reality. People want to zone out in this industry. “just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it” is a very common statement when someone comes in to train with me, instead of “teach me what to do so I can do it on my own”. Most people don’t want to understand how to have control of their body.
Watch the next class you go to and really pay attention to people and HOW they are doing their exercises. Pick a couple things to focus on. What is their posture like? Would you say they are learning to master the exercise or just DO a version of the exercise?
You can be told what to do, but if you don’t pay attention once you are told what to do, you won’t get any of the benefit of what you were told. I can tell you to do a ViPR Carryover, but if you don’t know what that is, how are you going to do it? I told you… Now you have to LEARN the mechanics involved which requires ATTENTION. Don’t think that because a workout is written for you on a board or you’ve done it a million times means you’ll be doing it correctly or in the most advantageous way to get benefits and results from it. Your mind MUST be in the game to progress.
You can go through the motions of anything and convince yourself that you are doing what you need to do, but I can take a person who has worked out for years and change what they consider to be a plank, or a pushup or a pull up and make them focus on particular characteristics of those exercises that they’ve never once taken into account and now not only will they be newly challenged with an exercise they previously thought they had mastered, but will also give them more results FROM that new challenge.
How are YOU working out? Do you nitpick your exercise skill or do you just want to get through a workout so you lower the quality of what you are doing? I’d love to say that neither way is wrong, but I’d be lying to you.