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“I want to exercise, but I don’t know where to begin!”
The current fitness and health industry is filled with the latest fads and get fit quick plans. Pick up a fitness magazine and we see recommendations from “experts”: foam rolling is great, foam rolling is a waste of time; everyone should squat, you shouldn’t squat below 90 degrees, or you shouldn’t squat at all; and go barefoot, wear minimalist shoes, or shoes with super stiff arch supports. The contradicting information is overwhelming and has led to a nation of people training ultra hard, looking fit, but with dysfunctional bodies. It is hard to find the movement science within the smoke and mirrors of the fitness industrial machine that is trying to sell you something.
Where do you begin? How do you know if you’re doing it right? You don’t want to be the person at the gym investing a ton of effort but getting minuscule results, or worse, doing it all wrong. You want to train smarter, putting in the least amount of effort to achieve the greatest amount of gains. Every time I visit a gym, I observe people exercising, but their exercise choices are less than optimal. They are training hard, but they lack the guidance to train smart. I see bodies that look great in the mirror – having muscles that look strong and powerful, but they lack functionality – are poor movers. They are moving, but they’re not moving well. I know this well because I, too, was one of these people.
As a high school and collegiate athlete, I had no clue how to train my body effectively. My workouts were based upon what a coach made me do, what I saw others doing, what I saw in a magazine, or by asking the biggest guy in the weight room what he did. For years, I was doing it wrong, I caused damage to my body, and I paid for it with years of chronic pain.
After the third of five knee surgeries, I started exploring a new way. I asked a couple of simple questions, “Why invest so much time and effort if I’m not going to achieve maximum success?” “What’s the point in “looking” great, if my body doesn’t function well?” I found out it doesn’t have to be a choice of one over the other. You can have both.
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