Fitness Rant


When I look at how people exercise at the gym there is a huge trend. The same people hop on Treadmills, elliptical, exercise bikes and perform the same routine that they have been doing for years. Yet there bodies still look similar to the day they began the workout routine.  I wonder why do people continue to do the same workout? If there no longer getting results why continue to do the same thing?  Albert Einstein said” Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” When I see someone perform the same routine for years and wonder why they look the same or haven’t improved. I tell them that they may need to change there workout. Most of the time people look at me crazy or tell me they have been doing the same workout for such and such time and it worked before. Yes a workout will just about workout if you stick to the program. After a while your body will adapt and will stop making changes and you will plateau.  I am big on trying new things.  I try not to right exercises or new equipment off with out giving it a shot. I even gave the Shake weight a chance( even though I knew it wasn’t going to work) but I though why not. If you get a chance step outside your normal routine and try something new. If you like it put it in you program if not discard it. What you do gain is experience  and that will help you later on in the future.

Constant pace running
I was a basketball player my entire life.  All you do is sprint from one end of the court to another. When pre-season came about I always found myself with my coaches telling me to run 3-4 miles a day to get in shape for basketball. I would look at them like they told me to eat a bowl nails everyday to improve my jump shot. I was never a fan of steady state running or even good at it. I would rather do sprints up ward to 440 yards.  Early in my career I couldn’t explain to my coaches that cross country was a bad idea for basketball players but sure enough every year coach would insist we join the cross country team in their long runs. Well I never would do that I would stay on the track and run sprints.  Well I don’t have any problem with steady state running if that is what you’re training to do( marathon, triathlon, cross-country skiing). I believe that if you are preparing for those types of events then yes you do need some steady state running in your program to get you ready. If your playing sports such as basketball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, etc then you will condition yourself better through interval sprints than steady state running.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/jphysiol.2006.112094/full In this study they took two groups one with Interval Sprints the other with Steady state running worked out three days a week and burn the same amount of calories. The SIT(interval training group) worked out between 18-27 minutes a session. While the ET endurance training group trained roughly 90+ a session. Both groups where able to obtain the same results but one group worked a lot less time. All I’m trying to say is go to the gym worked hard(Sprint, lift heavy) keep time short and go home. If you do that you won’t to spend so much time on the Hamster wheel and more time with what is important to you.

Author: Smithfitness

A former basketball player now fitness professional. Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS). Alex loves lifting heavy things repeatedly and going for long runs or rides and helping others achieve high levels of fitness and health. If you love fitness and health follow this blog and submerge yourself in all the fitness and health knowledge.

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