People in the fitness industry are always saying that you should listen to your body and some days that means skipping workouts because you're simply too tired and your body is screaming for a rest. Now I must confess I am an extremely stubborn person and have not once yet listened to my body saying "please no gym today, I'm tired!" and so far it's worked out fine. But last night an old knee injury I had years ago reared its head and I took a painful twinge. I thought I'd be fine to train today and tried to push through the pain but I had to admit defeat and come home after my first set as it was so unbearably sore. And I'm absolutely GUTTED 😭 now I know there are people with real problems in the world and in the grand scheme of life missing a workout really isn't that bad (plus I'll do it tomorrow if I'm feeling better) but I'm really disappointed 😣☹️ ice pack applied, bath running and a nice, restful day to be had now...roll on tomorrow, please get better little knee 🙏🏼 #gym#fitness#rest#listentoyourbody#injury#grr#cantstopwontstop
I see some people ridicule the idea of #balance . I still maintain you need it to lead a truly happy life. -
Having abs is great for a bit, getting lean and transforming your body to the extreme is a challenge that can feel very rewarding. However, I think it’s important to stress that, for the long term, this is not and should not be sustainable. Bringing your body fat back up and re-gaining strength and energy is SO important so please please don’t feel you have to stay lean to have value.
Your body doesn’t define you, yes it’s good to accomplish goals and challenge yourself from time to time but it’s also very easy to get caught up in the fitness obsession and I get that! It’s important to know when to say enough is enough, my body needs a break and I need to come back to a level I can maintain healthily.
My life post-comp is a bit of what I fancy when I fancy it. Probably a 75/25 balance of good to bad. As my family, friends and clients know, I love bread, I enjoy cocktails and a day rarely goes by where I don’t have a bit of chocolate. I don’t track my weight and I have cellulite but this is my healthy shape. I still train hard and I still love the gym, I’m just nowhere near as regimented as I used to be. Does any of this really matter as long as I still do a good job with my clients? As long as I still motivate people to be healthy or push through a good session at the gym? I don’t think so! Stay healthy guys! ✌🏼
Interested to know peoples thoughts on this. ‘Like’ if you think balance is a good thing! -
Core work doesn't have to be the boring exercises tagged onto the end of your sessions, we can get some great benefits from integrating trunk work into your program.
By adding some of these exercises to your routine you'll be rectifying imbalances, building a strong trunk to resist against rotational forces as well as getting the obvious push/pull benefits.
The goal is to maintain stiffness through the trunk whilst pushing or pulling.
Half kneel 1 arm cable press
Half kneel 1 arm cable row
Split stance 1 arm cable press
Split stance 1 arm cable row
Supine 1 arm press (bridge)
3 point 1 arm row