Hey guys & gals, I hope your Christmas and New Years celebrations were delightful and your fitness routine wasn’t too disrupted by all the relaxing you have likely been having. If you managed to catch my last blog on swimming it would be great to hear a bit from you about how you have been going – maybe you took my advice or maybe you found something different to do over the holiday season that worked even better for you!
Many of you may have new years resolutions to get fit, go to the gym, keep healthy or maintain your fitness routine so in this blog I want you to help you make sure you are getting the most out of all your hard work. Although gym can be one of the most convenient ways for us to exercise, its important to be doing it right and for me it wasn’t until I went to see the guys at Bodytrack that I realised just how important it was or how wrong I had actually been doing it. I thought going to the gym was largely about lifting as much weight as possible and making myself stronger…. WRONG. Those big impressive muscles that are usually targeted in typical gym routines are supported by a number of smaller, stability muscles. Without these, those bigger muscles aren’t going to be much use and even worse you could do yourself a series injury while working out.
One of the biggest learning experiences I’ve had while training at Bodytrack was that they taught me how and why to do exercises with excellent technique, where the smaller muscles that support the larger muscles are and how to work these all important “stability muscles”. These muscles are vitally important to everyone, and at Bodytrack they exercise these muscles with people from all backgrounds, from fellow elite sports people to seniors trying to prevent themselves from having falls.
After starting work on my stability muscles in the areas that needed it most, I was later able to lift lager weights for longer with better control and much better form than before. If you are thinking about implementing gym into your fitness regime, I strongly suggest using a qualified person to help you with getting to know these stability muscles, learning how to best incorporate them into your personal program and gaining the most out of your hard work at the gym.
– Ryan Napoleon