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Progress Not Perfect

For fun I was browsing through photos, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia I have collected over 30 years.  As I was reminiscing, I came to the conclusion that the more I learn the less I know.  As a teenager and young adult I did a lot of things to get in shape that I now know were incorrect methods. Yet I was able to progress and achieve most of my personal fitness goals.

I’m always fighting the urge to be a perfectionist and I think that is where many of us fail. Fitness does not have to be that complicated. Just get moving, or as the Nike slogan goes,  just do it! There is not one perfect system so don’t get lost in the plethora of information out there and fall victim to paralysis of analysis. As you learn, definitely use scientific principles and methods of exercise that will keep you safe and produce results more efficiently. Remember, science doesn’t change. Only our knowledge of it changes. What worked 20 years ago will work 20 years later. You do need to alter your training as you learn better methods, but in the meantime just get moving and you’ll accomplish at least 80% of your potential. Strive for progress not perfection.

What I also find amusing, is trainers that have their clients doing all kinds of functional movements and the ‘latest’ exercise techniques, but will use outdated equipment or bizarre training methods like lifting boulders or doing other manual labor chores. Kind of the ‘wax on, wax off training philosophy’. At least Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movie of 1984 was accomplishing a purpose. It is good to train for Activities of Daily Living, but ideally on state of the art equipment designed to exercise you appropriately so you will have less chance of incurring an injury when you do perform those activities. If you have no other means to exercise, then yes you should use common household items and your bodyweight resistance as exercise. If you need to condition for a specific sport or activity the law of specificity states you should indeed practice that activity but you still need proper conditioning to help prevent overuse injuries and compensate from potential muscle imbalances caused from doing any movement repetitively.

We get too many ideas from Hollywood. Sylvester Stallone in his portrayal of Rocky Balboa, felt he needed to get back to his roots and not use any sophisticated equipment and training methods. Yet in real life, he trains his body using the most sophisticated equipment and methods, including his own personal Kinesis equipment.

In the TV reality show series “Biggest Loser” we see people being whipped into shape by going from the extreme of inactivity to the extreme of  their physical limitations. Anything done in extremes will have a greater variance of success or failure in the short term. That’s why diets work great for 6 to 12 weeks but fail in the long run. Anytime you get sick exercising, you’ve done too much. Anytime you get extremely sore where it’s hard for you to function the next day, you’ve done too much. A little delayed onset muscle soreness is okay and can be expected if you’ve had a layoff or step up the intensity on your program. If we’re motivated enough, we can exercise under any condition, but if we have choices why would we want to? If you make exercise more painful than it needs to be you will find it hard to stay compliant and be more likely to fail.

In reality, the person that trains most consistently and progressively will get the best results. As much as I want to see you in our facility, as long as you’re active doing anything you will get results. A better training environment and equipment will ensure a more enjoyable and safer approach to getting those results.

If your sport happens to be like four times World Strongest Man winner Magnus ver Magnusson, then you may need to do some non traditional type training. For most of us, we can accomplish our goals in less extreme methods.

Stay tuned for our next blog post Does your diet take and keep weight off? Most diets don’t work in keeping the weight off according to researchers at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. We’ll analyze some of the more popular diets including Atkins and The Zone and why they failed for 95%. So not to leave you in a a state of frustration, we’ll also lay out the principles of what has scientifically proved to work at losing weight and keeping it off.