Good Afternoon! There is a workout-related adage that is as old as time: “three sets of ten reps.” You’ve probably heard an old school gym-goer repeat that to a newbie trying to figure out a workout, or maybe you’ve even been that old school gym-goer yourself.
Today I want to talk about closed chain versus open chain exercises. You are probably wondering what they are and if they will help you get in better shape, but, believe it or not, you actually cannot perform an exercise without it being termed either a closed or an open chain. Knowing the reasons why you do them is very important to best understand your exercise programming.
Pressed for time...
Ok, if you only got 5 minutes to spare, and you're wondering what would be the best exercise to do ASAP?
For me it would be DEEP SQUATS. Get down deep, using your whole body and really pushing with your legs to activate the entire muscle system. Do any where between 15-20 reps continuously , body weight only, good form, nice breathing, and full range of motion. NO CHEATING HERE. 2 sets if you can.
1. Be positive. Believe you can do this.
2. Do 2 extra reps with each exercise.
3. Finish your training off with this. a. 6 squats. b. 6 push ups. c. 6 reverse lunges. Do has many rounds in 5 min
Have a great Monday!
PLEASE READ IF YOU FIND IT HARD TO MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE.
We are bombarded by the media constantly with the latest in diet and exercise fads. They all promise great results, and for a time they... may just do that. But are you going to stick with this for the next six months? For a year?