It’s clearly evident that exercise or training has evolved significantly over the last ten years or so. No longer is intelligent training that advocates proper form, proper technique for muscle stimulation, proper stretching and proper nutrition and recovery as important. Today, people seem to be consumed with which workout exhausts them the most. People want training sessions that push them to their physical limit so that they are completely fatigued at the end of the session, and painfully sore the next day from the “experience”.
People want to leave their training session feeling completely drained, depleted and exhausted. And they don’t really seem to care what methods of exercise are used to accomplish their exhaustion. This is a big and major problem in the fitness community right now! And there appears to be no end in sight to this trend.
First of all, any exercise done with improper form, will not produce the desired results and will eventually lead to injury. So you can “knock yourself out” and go at it like a mad-man all you want, but your efforts will be futile (not to mention stupid).
There are many fat/overweight people who begin exercise programs, and in a month they are still just as fat and out of shape. The exercise programs are intense and they feel like they are on the edge of death during the session, but at the end of the day, they are still fat and out of shape. In addition, many discover they now hurt places they didn’t hurt before they started the “exercise program”. Correct and effective exercise is really a science.
There are bad exercise programs and bad trainers all over. Even appropriate exercise programs can be sabotaged by poor trainers. So it is important you know that there are always bad apples in the bunch no matter what you are doing. However, there are some particular types of exercise programs that do very little for changing your body composition. These type programs also tend to create the same kinds of injuries over and over again. And the most common types of injuries they create are tendon injuries, muscle injuries, disc injuries and ligament injuries. What type programs would fall into this category?
- Bootcamps – These type classes can often be good IF you have a good trainer(s). Unfortunately, many boot camp instructors simply run their clients to death, pushing them to their physical limit, putting them in positions their bodies are not conditioned enough to get into yet. And, by the way, bootcamps are meant to be just that…Boot Camps! That means they are meant to be a starter program for getting conditioned. They are not meant to be a sole method of working out from now on. Heck, even our military only conducts boot camps for a select few weeks. So if you are doing one of these type programs, make certain you have a qualified, reputable trainer that knows their stuff and don’t do the program more than a couple of months or so. Remember its supposed to be a “camp”, a short term starter program.
- CrossFit – Cult like “exercise professionals” who confuse extreme exhaustion with developing an awesome physique. They confuse great conditioning with obtaining a good looking body. Little or no thought is given to cell function or exercise form for the inexperienced. Doing Olympic style lifts as fast as possible, while you are already exhausted is retarded at best and is a prescription for injury. With that being said, there are some good CrossFit instructors out there who will not participate in injury causing WOD (workout of the day). If your CrossFit teacher has everyone doing Olympic lifts while they are exhausted, find yourself another CrossFit instructor. However, there are enough good and safe exercises available at CrossFit “boxes” that can be done without having to subject people to injury unnecessarily. And for the record, anyone doing extreme plyometrics over the age of 50 needs to have their head examined. A knee injury is coming, just wait.
In conclusion, keep in mind that the general goal of exercise is to get healthy. Just because you are exhausted after your workout does not mean that your workout was or is effective. To learn more about how the body works and how to sculpt the physique you really want, email email@example.com or visit www.mikephelpstraining.com. Have a wonderful Christmas season!