Three Dimensional Exercise For Healthy Fit Bodies

Todays gyms are busier than ever. People are joining gyms to get fit, lose weight or gain muscle. Everyone has a different goal in mind yet when you enter a gym or fitness studio so many people are doing the same exercises, exercising incorrectly and more so than not they are exercising with an injury. … Continue reading “Three Dimensional Exercise For Healthy Fit Bodies”

Todays gyms are busier than ever. People are joining gyms to get fit, lose weight or gain muscle. Everyone has a different goal in mind yet when you enter a gym or fitness studio so many people are doing the same exercises, exercising incorrectly and more so than not they are exercising with an injury. If they don’t have an injury they are sure to get one sooner or later!I always find it interesting that when you are exercising for a specific sport there are numerous ‘sport specific programs’ which incorporate olympic lifts, multi-directional movements and core improvement exercises. Three dimensional exercises are fantastic for the body, central nervous system and injury prevention. But when the ‘average’ person wants a exercise program to lose weight, gain muscle or improve general fitness they all resort to sitting on machine based exercises like the shoulder press or smith machine. These machines do not allow free movement or the central nervous system to enagage nor do they stimulate the chain reaction that muscles need to stabilize the joint being worked. The result is a very 1 dimensional program that creates very weak bodies in the other 2 planes of motion. It is also a very boring workout! Exercise should be fun and stimulating!

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A person who trains or is trained like this creates the false idea that they are strong and physically fit but when they are at home or work they get injured reaching for something or twisting and bending to pick something up! Exercise should be a source of injury prevention too! The strongest bodies in the gym are the ones that incorporate rotation, twisting and the usual bending, pulling, pushing, squatting and lunging. All of these are vital to everyday life. Every single movement involves one if not more of these movements in some way or another. So why do people and trainers sit on machines and exercise in one plane of motion? If you are sitting down at a table reading this on your computer think how are you going to get out of your chair when you have finished? It is highly likely without thinking that you are going to twist and squat then extend the spine and stand up. So why squat with a machine in a gym that anticipates the movement for you? How functional is it to squat sitting in a huge machine? How about trying the same weight in a free squat without the machine? This will show you how functionally different the machine is to a free squat and also show you how weak machines really make you. It is important to know that free weight exercise burns calories far better than sitting in a machine that does it for you!80% of people today experience back pain at some point in there lives. Three dimensional exercise will no doubt help the body create awareness, strength and stability. Three dimensional exercise how a highly functional carryover to everyday life thus preventing injury and pain. The body is meant to move in many ways. A great and simple way of training the shoulders is by doing a single arm standing dumbell press. Aswell as exercising the shoulders you will be exercising the neck, spinal muscles, obliques, abdominals, glutes and legs. You will be creating intelligent movement patterns that will carryover to home or work. Thats a big workout for such a small simple exercise!

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People who have back pain or injury is normally due to dormant muscles that are not being recruited during a specific movement. Muscles work in pairs to ensure smooth movement and stability. If a muscles isn’t doing its job then the next muscle within the chain has to overcompensate. If this is constantly repeated in the gym, home or work than you are training the body to move in a dysfunctional manner. The only result will be pain and altered postures.When you are next in the gym think of the exercises that will help your physicality, posture and goals. If you add these functional movements to your program you will reap the benefits!