The Importance Of Balanced Workouts


There is no single or universal formula for having an effective workout.

Your workout program will depend on your goals and objectives.

Because people have different goals and objectives, the methodology of the workout and the approach to the program will likewise be different.

However if you do the same exercises over and over again, you will reach a point whereby the rate of improvement begins to diminish.

This is because our bodies tend to adapt to the same stimuli that is consistently applied to it.

As an example, people who use weight training as the cornerstone of their fitness program may find themselves restricted in performing functional movement.

Weight training follows fixed pathways done in repetitive fashion.

Weight training exercises get your body to move linear; up and down or front to back as with squats, bench press and rowing exercises.

Full range of motion and free weights require balance and stability but essentially the same neural pathways are utilised and stimulated.

Thus, movement becomes restricted and functionality is compromised.

The same goes for any tightly structured exercise program for running, cycling and any other physical activity.

An effective workout is one that allows you to overcome adaptation, restrictions in movement and assures smooth transition from one program to the next.

The best approach is to follow an exercise program that considers these three key components…

#1: Strength

The definition of strength varies depending on your goals and objectives.

Your program should include an exercise that focuses on building strength.

Although a stronger muscle is a bigger muscle, size is more of a by- product and not an end- product.

The value of strength is that it will allow you to sustain effort over a longer period of time.

#2: Mobility

Mobility is having the ability to move your body accordingly without losing stability in the muscles required to execute the function.

Improved mobility means less strength imbalances within the particular muscle group.

A good example would be a football player who is able to change direction to avoid a defender while running at full speed.

Having mobility improves day to day functionality.

#3: Flexibility

A body that has a great degree of flexibility is less prone to injury because the tissues surrounding the muscles are able to accommodate greater workload.

Flexibility allows you to attain full range of motion comfortably and safely. Improved flexibility also enhances recovery.

Sample Effective Back Workout:

Strength:  Deadlift              5 sets x 5 reps
Mobility:  Spiderman Crawls      2 sets x 20 crawls
Flexibility:  Kettlebell Swings      2 sets x 10 reps

Incorporating these three components can help you develop a holistic health and fitness exercise program.

You will no longer be restricted in movement and muscle fibres that were once long dormant will become active and functional.