When Training, Its Important To Balance Your Muscles By Bonnie Pfiester
From our youth we are trained to do things we are good at and then work on developing those strengths to their maximum potential. When we reach adulthood, we attempt to find a job centered around our strengths, whether it's becoming a golf pro or a good accountant. With that said, it only makes sense why the same practice is often used in the gym.
I can't help but think of "Joe Musclehead". You probably know Joe. He's been going to the gym for a long time. He's like a gym mascot actually. Everyone seems to know this guy. He likes to grunt a little extra when he works out to impress all the girls with his manly upper body strength. He seems to really love to bench press. As a matter of fact, if you really think about it, you may realize you've never seen him on a leg machine.
The reason I bring up Joe, whose character I made a little extreme, is to point out our natural desire to work in our strengths - even in the gym. We all have the tendency to do what we like, or what we are good at, to avoid what we hate. How do I know? Have you seen my legs? They are like a mile long so, needless to say, squats are not my favorite exercise either.
Ironically, when it comes to fitness, we need to give our weak areas extra attention - not avoid them. People who hate running because they are out of breath after ten steps need cardio more than anything. Ladies often avoid working upper body because of their lack of upper body strength while men tend to work their upper body too much neglecting their legs.
Sometimes we avoid certain exercises because it reminds us how weak, clumsy or out-of-shape we are. The desire to stay in our comfort zone can drive us away from the things we need the most. Other people accidentally neglect areas of weakness simply because they are so focused on their strengths - like the guy who loves his new "guns" (AKA biceps).
The only way to make sure you are balanced is to map out a routine that forces you to work areas you don't like. For example, I hate working legs so I always make them the very first thing I do every week to make sure I get them done.
This same planning and discipline used in an exercise routine can be used in many other areas as well. Whether you're a golfer who needs to practice your putting instead of your drive or you're a musician who needs to tackle that new difficult piece instead of playing the same old songs - a few simple guidelines can help keep you on track and headed toward your goal.
About Bonnie Lee Pfiester
Health Club Owner, Wife to TV Fitness Trainer and Host, Health & Beauty Columnist, Keynote Speaker, Model, Musician, Artist, Automotive/Motorcycle Enthusiast and Community Leader.