Today I want to talk a little about fitness programs, and the safety factor involved.
Now people train for very different reasons, and that is something that needs to be taken into account. A body builder is going to have a very different training routine then a power lifter, or olympic lifter despite the fact that they are all weight training sports. It's no different then a sprinter vs a marathon runner.
The other side of this is where strength training is done, not for competition within strength training, but as a supplement to other activities. In this case the goal is not necessarily to get bigger, lift as much as possible, but rather the prevent injury in other activities.
For us our fitness program is just that. It started as a way to get our members in great shape and prevent injuries.
We are not a kickboxing themed aerobics class, and we will never run that in our facility. Our program is a athletic Strength and conditioning program, designed to get people in shape in a way that makes them strong, lean, agile and resistant to injury.
This effects the way we train, and explains a lot of why we do things the way we do.
As an example of what I mean, in "real life" be it sports, martial arts or simply shovelling your drive way, strength is rarely applied equally from both sides straight on as it is in a weight lifting environment. It is applied with movement, and rotation plays a big part of it.
So this is reflected in the way that we train. Too often athletes and non-athletes try to rely on body building or powerlifting exercises alone. And while these exercises are great and can be very beneficial the body works the way you train it. If you train everything in 1 dimensional motions its hardly surprising that when you apply that strength in a 3-dimensional "real world" activity it can lead to injury.
It's sort of like putting a race car engine in a car without steering, breaks and balance to go with it. Too much power without those and you're going to crash. An F-1 car is a amazing vehicle... unless you take it off-roading.
Learn more about our fitness program here