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What Do You Know About Exercise?

Exercise seems to be such a common word. Especially, nowadays with people so health and fitness conscious. With all of the exercise that is occurring, how much of it is specific and purpose-orientated?

Exercise & Medication

“Exercises” to physical therapists are like medication to doctors. They are prescribed for a condition, with a particular purpose behind it, and with a specific dosage. As with medicine, use of one exercise may be helpful for one condition but, maybe, harmful for another. And the intensity of an exercise is like the dosage of a medication people take. Too much can cause more harm, and too little will be ineffective. It's true that some people experience good results after doing some exercises they learned from television. This is because some exercises, like ibuprofen, have more general effect for a wide range of condition. However, the effect is usually limited.

Muscle Confusion: Fact or Fiction

“Muscle confusion” is a regular practice of changing things up within your workout routine, claiming to keep your muscles “confused” to illicit more results. The theory is your body never gets used to one thing, so it is constantly adapting. When our body adapts correctly, we become stronger.

The term "muscle confusion" came onto the scene in the 70’s when bodybuilding pioneer Joe Weider included it amongst his training principles. It has been re-popularized by the P90X workout series and has been on the lips of many clients and trainers alike. However, muscle confusion is more of a buzzword than it is an actual physiological principle. There are several physiological principles which are time tested, researched and approved, for which we can compare this concept to see if it holds up.

Breaking Through the Plateau, 3

Weight loss goals tend to be one of the top considerations amongst members and clients. I often get asked about the “fat burning” zone on the cardio machines.

The Fat Burning Zone

To understand this, we must know how and where the body derives its energy (adenosine triphosphate or ATP) to do activities. There are three energy systems that provide ATP:

Breaking Through the Plateau, 2

The second part of this series I would like to spend time talking about a different type of limitation: lack of knowledge.

We all have varying levels of knowledge when it comes to exercise and fitness. Our knowledge is accumulated through many means. Unfortunately, some of our sources are not completely accurate or are even biased to sell a certain product or exercise technique. Fortunately, for you, Mettler Center is stocked-full of the most experienced, educated, and certified trainers in the area! What’s more, you can sit down and talk with one of our trainers about your specific questions by scheduling a complimentary 30 minute consult.

Here one example of how having a bit of knowledge can make a difference in your results.

Breaking Through the Plateau, 1

Have you hit a wall in your training? Have you become bored with your workout? Are you no longer seeing results? This “Breaking Through the Plateau” series will explore common reasons for not attaining and maximizing your fitness potential.

The first topic we will cover is not what you are (or are not) doing, but what you can’t do.

It is perfectly normal to have limitations. All of us have developed physical restrictions over our lifetime which hinder our progress. Some are obvious, and others you don't know exist. These physical limitations include:

  • Muscle imbalances
  • Movement dysfunctions
  • Weak muscles
  • Tight muscles

Causes of these restrictions can include:

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