- Great muscular tone
- Nice glutes ("butt" for those who fell asleep in anatomy)
- Nice Legs
- Strong, defined arms
- Strong, attractive core/midsection
- They are flat-out generally attractive, wouldn't you agree?
Now, I would be flat out blown away if there was a single person who reads
this post that does not want every single one of those attributes above.
However, there is one huge mistake going on, it is only the athletes that are
training like athletes. What I see happening in every single gym I attend is
masses of people training like they are preparing themselves for the Boston
Marathon. Miserably trudging along on a treadmill, stairmaster, and the like.
Common sense is not so common people, because it looks as though many of you are
training for the emaciated marathon runner look! For comparison, let us look at
what the general long distance runner physique looks like:
- Malnourished or chubby even!
- Skinny, yet have a high % of body fat
- Chubby (yes, this is not a typo, you will often see a chubby runner who logs
tons of miles)
Again, I would be flat out floored if these were the attributes you were
looking for in your physique! Being that this blog is so new I do not want to
turn away readers, but if you are the person who knowingly trains strictly
aerobically with the strong belief that it is what is best for you, chances are
you will not like most of my material. To not get too far off track, let us look
at why athletes look the way they look. Athletes are explosive, strong, and
flexible because of the demands imposed on their bodies. They jump, sprint, hop,
bound, push, pull, rotate, kick, and throw, which are actions that require much
force, strength, and coordination. For those of you saying, "I cannot walk and
chew gum at the same time," the good news is you do not have to be good at those
actions, you just have to be good enough at them to not hurt yourself. Chances
are that you can become quite athletic by tapping into some genetic athletic
potential that you never knew existed! Without ranting further, here is what you
need to do:
- Start strength training (females, mark my words "you will not get huge and
overly muscular, I promise."
- Start performing high-intensity-intervals instead of steady-state continuous
aerobic exercise. (Less time and more fat loss)
- Perform total body workouts, with an emphasis on multi-joint movements.
- Learn how to train in a functional manner; Let me state this differently,
"get your butt off the machines!"
- Focus on your nutrition! YOU CANT OUT EXERCISE POOR NUTRITION!
Ah-hem...Head to 1st Street and do the 24 DC!
- Stretch, especially your hip flexors, chest and shoulders for all you desk
jockeys out there.
- Learn to foam roll, this will start out as a literal pain in your ass, but
it will become your best friend.
- Hire a qualified trainer! If you do not know where to start, I will help you
find the right one for you!
- If this sounds like a lot of information, it is! So if you have read this
far, take the time to ask a few questions in the comment box.