Feb 7, 2020
When you make time for exercise, HOW do you exercise? If you're like most fitness enthusiasts you probably do a little cardio then maybe lift some weights moving from one muscle group to the next. Isolation training, the practice of doing an exercise for one bodypart at a time, comes from the bodybuilding world where those athletes are trying to develop the biggest, most aesthetically pleasing muscles possible. That can be a great way to exercise IF you have the time. However, for most of us, time is a major factor therefore spending an excessive amount of time exercising only one muscle may not be the best use of it.
Even though it may have been years since you played a sport, if you ever played one at all, there is a benefit to training like an athlete. NO, it doesn't mean doing windsprints while being yelled at until you pass out or lifting hundreds of pounds, athletes move, as a result their conditioning programs are designed to help them to move better and to prepare for the specific demands of their sport and position. On this episode of All About Fitness, Brandon Wagner, a fitness coach and master trainer who works with Canyon Ranch joins me to talk about the benefits of training like an athlete even if you have no desire to play a sport.
Our discussion includes the benefits of doing a movement-based exercise program, the importance of getting out of the gym to move in the fresh air, why it's necessary to challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and how to structure an entire week of exercise to be sure that you get all of the movement you need without overdoing it. This is a fun and lively discussion with a top fitness coach that will have you thinking differently about how you should be sweating.
To see creative and effective exercise content, follow Brandon on Instagram: @BWags73
To learn the most effective way to exercise for your specific needs, pick up a copy of Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple - it will teach you what you need to know to use exercise to enhance your quality of life.
To see the types of exercises and workouts that can slow down the aging process (i.e. what you should be doing), visit the All About Fitness Podcast channel on YouTube or follow @PeteMcCall_fitness on Instagram