Want to tell you this story:
A guy walks into a gym. He surveys the scenery. Intense stare in his eyes, he scopes out his surroundings trying to find his target. A few moments later, his jaw drops! Eyes widened! Fixated on his prey, he power-walks his way to the back of the gym to find himself in bliss. Right in front of his eyes are dumbbells. Not just any dumbbells, those 80-100 lb dumbbells.
To his right, the squat rack. Fresh with chalk sprinkled beneath the bar. To his left the bench for his presses. All the 45 lb plates un-racked, putting the bench on an island. Not knowing where to start and overjoyed….or overwhelmed, he passes out.
You’ve probably heard of that stereotype. The guy with veins popping out of his neck, bulging chest and Hulk like arms, hobbling around on his chicken legs. He’ll work his chest and arms, maybe his back on Monday. Go in and work the same muscles Tuesday. Then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. And on Saturday? You guessed it, chest and arms (maybe back).
The problem that this guy has, is that he has a Program Imbalance. Unless you’re training for a specific competition where your workouts may be skewed towards certain aspects or muscles, your workout program should focus on addressing multiple areas. Even if one is training for a competition, there program still hits multiple areas.
Your workout program should contain a combination these components:
1) Aerobic Training
2) Strength Training/Muscular Endurance
3) Core Training
4) Balance Training
5) Flexibility & Stretching
You may pause for a second and think to yourself: all 5 of these!? Where do I have the time for all that? The thing is, you do. You have plenty of time. Most exercises contain more than one of these components. Which means, in one day’s workout, you could potentially hit all 5 components.
Focusing on the 5 workout components ensures a balanced program with better overall results. Make sure to create a balance in your workouts. Your body will thank you for being more well-rounded.
Until next time,
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