Your Current Approach to Fitness is Failing You

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The goal of this article is not to scare you to stop your fitness efforts. Quite the opposite. The goal is to get you thinking if you could do better.

If you are a novice to training or contemplating to start, let me tell you this. Too often a timid person finally musters the courage to start a fitness program, does something that is beyond their capabilities, gets injured and never sets their foot in the gym again. “Oh well, it isn’t for me”. It’s a tragedy.

It’s not your fault. It’s our fault as a fitness industry. And we need to do better to help you.

And if you are a seasoned trainee there is one thing I want you to get out of this article. Working on your movement quality will help to take the “breaks off” so you can accomplish your goals faster and safer.

 

LOOK AROUND YOU

Take a peek in most gyms around the world and you’ll notice some similarities. One being that the only way most trainees know how to measure “success” of a training session is whether they are gassed and tired at the end of it.

The closer we are of coughing up blood and pancreas after a high intensity workout the more success we’ve achieved.

It’s one of the reasons why we, the training population, have more musculoskeletal injuries than the non-training population. We take on fitness to become healthier, yet achieve the opposite. And we keep coming back and doing it over again.

You know what you see when you look up the word “ignorance” in the dictionary? You’ll get the definition of ”ignorance”. Taking on fitness to become healthier while actually achieving the opposite and to keep repeating it, is ignorance.

 

WHY PUTTING FITNESS ON POOR MOVEMENT DOESN’T WORK

Most of you are too focused on the fitness and completely ignore the movement. And I get it. If you are conditioned to use the level of tiredness and soreness (both which are fallacies) for a measuring stick for success it can be frustrating to take a step back from intense training. It will feel like you are not going anywhere. 


Movement quality forms the springboard for everything you want to get better at in or outside of the gym.


But for long-term success in training movement has to come first.  Yes, even if your goal is fat loss or pure muscle gain. Quality movement skills will allow you to get to your goals faster and safer.

To explain why putting fitness on poor movement is a failure in the making, we have talk about airplanes. Because, Internet.

You can’t only improve the turbines of a Boeing 747 without improving the frame, the wheels and everything in between and still expect it to work optimally. The best case scenario when only focusing on the turbines is that the 747’s unimproved frame will limit the capabilities of the powerful engine. The plane won’t get any better despite all the money and time sunken to improve the turbines. The weak links will hold back the performance.

This is equivalent of you wasting countless hours in the gym, wondering why your results won’t improve. Or why are you getting worse. You are putting fitness on a body that can’t make the most out of it. Your frame is limiting what the engine can do.

The worst case scenario of only focusing on the turbines is that the powerful 747 engine will rip the unimproved frame into pieces during one of the takeoffs. This transferred back to gym terms means injuries, missed training sessions, decline of results and everything that follows with forced rest.

And sadly, that is what we see in fitness. Folks with poor movement quality jump into high intensity programs that are beyond their current movement capabilities. It’s a shit storm in the making. Again, this is not on you, but on us as a fitness industry.

Movement quality forms the springboard for everything you want to get better at in or outside of the gym.

 

KNOW AND IMPROVE YOUR MOVEMENT BASELINE

I am in favor of a yearly movement screen for everybody. The same way as you’d go and see your dentist or a GP. Dentist will tell you what work your teeth need and whether you have to be more diligent with your mouth hygiene. 

A good GP will tell you everything about your blood work and whether there are preventative measures you should take.

During your yearly movement check up and screen your movement specialist would tell you what you need to work on. If you spend your days slaying away in a cubicle it would likely be things such as upper back mobility and hip mobility.

You’d be likely to get more out of your training plan. Not only would it be a preventative measure to avoid pains and aches that come with putting fitness on poor movement quality. But it would also get you better results. To get more out of the time that you put in.

Not to mention that working on movement quality is like putting money in the savings account for the future. To help you keep more of the independence as you get older. Use it or lose it.

WHAT NEXT?

If you are new to training make sure the training plan that you follow is right for you. Your trainer should do some form of a screen before you start. Otherwise they are only guessing.

If you’ve been training for a while, keep checking your movement baseline. Don’t let your fitness efforts negatively affect your movement quality.

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