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Focus on Movements, Not Muscles

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For so long we have been taught to focus on what our muscles look like. How defined are your glutes? Your biceps? Do you have a 6 pack?

With this mindset it would make sense that your workouts revolve around exercises that make these muscles “look better” or “look bigger”.

We do these exercises over and over with the hopes that we get leaner and look better naked. But what happens when we don’t get leaner? And even worse, we don’t get any stronger (a thought that potentially never entered your mind)?

The problem with this mindset is that often times it doesn’t work. There are a lot more factors that come into play – doing a ton of sit ups doesn’t necessarily equal a 6 pack (dammit). So when we don’t see these results we either:

1) foolishly keep doing the same thing and hope eventually it will work (isn’t this the definition of insanity??)

2) Google “random exercises” to add in and do MORE MORE MORE hoping that will work

When instead we should be asking ourselves – not only what do we want out of exercise, but What are our bodies supposed to do?

Put another way, What are muscles for?

Beyond looking good, what should your muscles really be able to do? Why is being strong even important?

When we really think about the answers to these questions we know that doing movements like a bicep curl, or a calf raise are not giving us the biggest bang for our buck and doesn’t provide the answer to What are muscles for and what are they supposed to do.

Instead let’s focus on functional movements that not only make you “look good” but also make you STRONG and FUNCTIONAL. So you can actually do stuff you need to do in REAL LIFE.

Here are things you should consider doing:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Carrying
  • Squatting
  • Hinging

Include a variety of weights, tempos, rep ranges and intensities with these movements. Do them often and the results will come.

P.S. Stop doing calf raises.