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Total Body Wellness: The Secret Behind Dynamic Function Training

Total Body Wellness: The Secret Behind Dynamic Function Training
If you’re going to the gym and working the same muscles every time, read on to find the ways in which you might actually be doing more damage to your body than good.


How many times outside of a gym have you needed to do an isolated bicep curl? Or a calf raise?

 

Your body doesn’t typically function like that. Most of the time you’re using full body, functional movements. You’ll use your bicep as a part of a compound movement, like picking something up off the ground and putting it on a shelf. Or your calf will engage when you run up the stairs. So when you think about it, you should be training your body the way you will use it.

 

The type of workouts you see most people doing at the gym have some seriously bad effects on the body. People fall subject to overtraining the muscles they feel good about training, muscles that are most likely strong because they repeatedly work them. They’ll also under train the muscles they never train (ever heard someone say they were sore in places they never knew they had?).

 

Train improperly and you’ll end up with terrible posture, skeletal degeneration and arthritis because of the abnormal amounts of repetitive and unevenly distributed stress on your skeletal system. So say you’re a gymnast- you undoubtedly will have a dominant side and prefer to twist or tuck in one direction repetitively. The more you over stress your body in one direction, the more it degenerates. God designed our bodies symmetrically and when you asymmetrically stress your body, it does damage.

 

Golfers have a high associative rate of injury compared to other sports. It’s because they’re the guys (and ladies) that are always swinging from right to left (if they are right handed) and not operating symmetrically.

 

Are you asking yourself how this applies to you? Most machines in your gym are designed around one movement (isolation), and this breeds imbalance. That’s why you primarily read fitness professionals recommending the use of free weights over machines.

 

The only way to guarantee you are training your body evenly is to use your whole body every workout!

 

Instead of a shoulder press or a squat, combine them. Instead of a stair stepper or a bicep curl or a tricep extension, combine them! Bring some weights on the treadmill and train functionally. The more muscles you engage per exercise, the more demand you place on your body, which means that you’ll burn more fat, tone and strengthen more muscles and get the best results possible.

 

It’s a principle called endocrine response that essentially means the more muscles you use in a workout, the more you demand your body to produce certain hormones that are the fat burning, muscle toning kind.

 

So to the isolated bicep curls, tricep extensions and calve raises of the world, you have been replaced. Meet the burpee and the kettle bell swing!

 

 

Ashley Berlin -

Ashley Berlin is the health and fitness columnist for Cincy Chic and the owner of BEAT Personal Training in West Chester. Want more information about something you read here? Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Read More >>


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