Some of the best advice I have ever been given about working out: “you don’t have to enjoy the work out but you can enjoy what it does for you.” Believe me, I can see it on the faces of those people hamster wheeling those elliptical machines, they don’t want to be there and if they can just go 20 more minutes life will be good. However, there is a big difference between optimizing your workout and just going through the motions.
In a recent article by Michael J. Joyner in Outside magazine entitled Why You Need to Be Doing Burpees, Joyner highlights a study that shows an increase in mortality versus an individual’s ability to get off the floor. Think about it, if you have fallen and you can’t get up what does this say about your physical ability? Gravity is a bitch, it is constantly working to push you down and keep you there.
Working out isn’t just about going through the motions in the gym, it is about optimizing our ability to move against gravity. Now, you can go to the gym and exercise, get in a little cardio go over to the weights and do some bench, curl some dumbbells, get that pump on. However, think about how this would help you if you suddenly slipped on the ice and needed to catch yourself or had your arm trapped under a boulder, needed to cut your arm off, then crawl to safety. OK, maybe that is a little extreme but how do those traditional exercises serve to improve physicality?
Here is a list of traditional compared to there more athletic exercises
- Bench Press vs. Burpees or Clapping Pushups
- Cable Pulldown vs. Pullups
- Elliptical vs. Stair Climbers or Running
- Squat vs. Front Squat or Kettlebell Swings
- Missionary Position vs. Amazon Kneeling Reverse (look it up will make you chuckle.)
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