I walked into a local gym last weekend and was really shocked at the carnage that met my eyes. One guy was squatting like he was just asking for a knee replacement, a woman was perched atop a Bosu while doing something that resembled a drunk backwards ABC test (and failing miserably), and, last but not least, another guy was putting the “dead” in Deadlift as far as his back was concerned. It was messy.
This made me think of all the summer “Get The Perfect Body in Six Days!” articles hitting the news stands this time of year. I am a firm believer in the old faithfuls:
Having listed these there are some things to note: If you haven’t had a professional, who is qualified, watch you perform all of these exercises you should not attempt them on your own. This doesn’t mean I think everyone needs a trainer to watch them during every workout but what it does mean is you should get the green light from an expert before it’s too late and you’ve done some damage. I myself was in a gym about 8 years ago deadlifting and really felt like I had it right, luckily one of the trainers came up to me and pointed out that my back was not nearly flat enough to be pulling the kind of weight I was pulling. Because I had never had anyone look at my deadlift I had a picture in my mind of what it looked like and that picture didn’t match up with reality. The thin line between theory and reality can mean worlds of difference when it comes to your safety.
Needless to say, anyone who’s attempted rock-hard-abs in six days, six months, or six years knows how misleading these articles are. It takes so much more than the “perfect” exercise program (of which there are none). One thing I will say, your workouts don’t have to resemble the latest Circ de Soleil in order to be effective, strength building and ass-kicking. All you need to do in order to take your fitness to the next level is master the basics listed above, get consistent, push beyond your limits and over time you will see and feel results, I promise.