Forget the human condition—knee pain is the one unifying force that most of us have experienced on some level. A sprain, a twist, a dislocation, a bruise; certain acute injuries are unavoidable. Many chronic injuries are avoidable, however, but there’s no need to put up with persistent pain.For the love of knees
It is widely understood that one of the huge differences in lifestyle between modern people and their ancestors is that we sit a lot more and walk a lot less. This sitting, particularly sitting for long periods in chairs, and particularly in front of desks with our head and shoulders hunched forward, has contributed to a lot of discomfort and injury. And it has only been made worse by being combined with the even more hours of the day peering down at screens of varying sizes and types.
First of all, lets face it: Putting everything else aside, life is EASIER when you’re strong. Carrying groceries? One trip. Children to carry? No problem. Car stuck in the snow? Push it out with ease.Plus, whether you’re 100 lbs overweight or just need to lose the last 15, strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle.
Whether you're training for an event or just exercising to be healthier and look better, using the 4 basic training principles to plan your workout schedule is extremely helpful. The principles are specificity, progression, overload, and recovery. I'll explain them in general here and discuss each one in detail over the next couple weeks.
Over the years that I have spent since my life changing event of blowing out my knee, and realizing what it means to truly be hurt and know your weaknesses. This event in my life taught me how much of a challenge it is to get back on your feet after life has knocked you down and knocked you out. The big question is, "Do you want it bad enough?" As Rocky said, "...But it aint about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward?
I feel that for any person in an educational or coaching type of work should practice what they preach. I'm sure that we've all heard someone who had been a mentor to us (in the fitness profession) or have read this in a book. How many of you actually do it though? What I mean by that is if you're coaching a marathon runner, how many of you fitness professionals have actually been through a training program specific to a running race? What about training a powerlifter?
Plug these tips/tricks in next time your training.
1.Pair lower body exercises with an upper body exercises, resting as little as possible. You’ll get more done in less time and burn more calories.
2.Always do exercises that work multiple muscles. E.g., squats, push-ups and lunges. No bicep curls allowed. Again you’ll burn more calories and build more lean muscle.
3.Use the same piece of equipment when you pair exercises. You’ll cut down on rest time and again you’ll burn more calories.
The Balance guy setting you straight.
Hey, guys I've made a few. Well ok, more than a few. But who's counting? You will learn from most of my mistakes if you do this.......
1. Don't go to heavy and sacrifice good form. We are doing this for life, not just for today.
2. Don't go to light. If your not challenged, your body not challenged and progress will stall. Use a weight you can lift between 6-12 reps.
3. Light weights and high repetitions will not give you the "tone" your looking for. Always use weights that you can lift between 6- 12 times.
Got it? Good.