Nov, 9, 2011
Today's blog post brings forward a couple of interesting articles that I have come across in my travels. One aspect of fitness/strength training that keeps me motivated and excited, is the constant learning. As the knowledge of the human body and how it functions (muscularly speaking) forges ahead, our training practices must also change. If I think back to how I trained myself and clients back 12 years ago when I first opened the studio, I almost shudder. What was I thinking back then?
Fast forward now 12 years later and my training programs and exercise selection looks very different. Yes, there are still some of the old standbys (deadlifts, squats, pressing, all sorts of rowing, lunges, etc). But even within those exercises, the way they are performed is very different. Going back to when I was still competing in bodybuilding (circa 1997) I was still doing 315 lb back squats.
Well, we don't back squat at our gym at all now – not even me. Goblet squats, front squats, rear elevated split squats, rear lunges are the leg exercises of choice now.
To read a little about back squats and how they can have an impact on our spines and especially young bodies, have a read:
Also, when I think back into the late 1990's we thought nothing of doing situps and crunches, most of the time with very heavy weights! Today, no sit ups and crunches are done in our facility. And, if crunches are used they are McGill style which does not involve spinal flexion.
University of Waterloo kinesiology professor Stuart McGill is one of the world's foremost experts on spine biomechanics. Here, he discusses several pervasive myths about back injury, exercise, proper lifting, and strengthening the core. Plenty of exercise and movement demonstrations teach you better ways to keep your back healthy for a lifetime.
As with any field of study that involves the human body, the search for knowledge must continue and along with that our ways of training and our exercises of choice must be open to change.
Till next time,