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I frequently get into conversations with people who want to pick what's left of my brain, regarding exercise programs.

Invariably, many of them try to convince me that their "PROGRAM" (workout routine) is all they need.

Since they asked, I answer...and it's usually not what they want to hear. What they're looking for is the "yes man" answer confirming that their single focus exercise program / routine is really the best thing for them. Truth be known, it's not.

Then I get the "well, it's better than nothing, isn't it?"

So let me get this straight...you're going to spend all that time and effort working out, and all you want to show for it is the next best thing to nothing. Are you serious??!!

  • My powerlifting friends can lift the house, but, can't climb a flight of stairs without stopping to rest.
  • The runners and cardio freaks I know brag how their hearts will beat forever. Most can't do a pull up, let alone push, pull, or squat.
  • Yoga and Pilates advocates can tie themselves in knots and plank until the world's flat. Great, until they actually have to move or perform an athletic skill.

Most people, if left to develop their own programs, will do what they are good at, and what they like to do. A sound program will identify weaknesses and address correcting them.

A great starting point is the identification of movement flaws. These flaws are frequently the root cause of injury, aches, pains, and performance deficits. Single exercises thrown together, bodypart training, overdependence on exercise machines, and infrequent training , are all potential deficiencies you frequently find in program design.

In a nutshell, proper movement patterns result in proper function, whether the pattern is walking, sitting, or anything more demanding. Single exercises, with no carryover value are useless. Bodypart training has similar negative results. Knowledgeable coaches and trainers have bought into the adage "train movements, not muscles" for some time now. Training excessively with fixed path machines rarely yields anything more desirable than cosmetic results, and can actually develop dysfunctional patterns. The body must learn to stabilize and mobilize itself.

You can look spectacular AND perform spectacularly, IF the program design is well balanced. Such a program will assess, and then address mobility, stability, strength, muscular endurance, and cardio fitness. Successful programs will remove faults and correct dysfunction to achieve success. Learning how posture affects strength is an absolute requisite. Most self designed "programs" never address assessment, and, underestimate the importance of stance, alignment, and posture. This is the essence of being functionally fit.

So, what do I think of your program? Hopefully, this info will help you make correct choices. After all, if you're going to invest the time and sweat training, you want the best return for your investment, not whats "better than nothing".

Invariably, many of them try to convince me that their "PROGRAM" (workout routine) is all they need.

Since they asked, I answer...and it's usually not what they want to hear. What they're looking for is the "yes man" answer confirming that their single focus exercise program / routine is really the best thing for them. Truth be known, it's not.

Then I get the "well, it's better than nothing, isn't it?"

So let me get this straight...you're going to spend all that time and effort working out, and all you want to show for it is the next best thing to nothing. Are you serious??!!

  • My powerlifting friends can lift the house, but, can't climb a flight of stairs without stopping to rest.
  • The runners and cardio freaks I know brag how their hearts will beat forever. Most can't do a pull up, let alone push, pull, or squat.
  • Yoga and Pilates advocates can tie themselves in knots and plank until the world's flat. Great, until they actually have to move or perform an athletic skill.

Most people, if left to develop their own programs, will do what they are good at, and what they like to do. A sound program will identify weaknesses and address correcting them.

A great starting point is the identification of movement flaws. These flaws are frequently the root cause of injury, aches, pains, and performance deficits. Single exercises thrown together, bodypart training, overdependence on exercise machines, and infrequent training , are all potential deficiencies you frequently find in program design.

In a nutshell, proper movement patterns result in proper function, whether the pattern is walking, sitting, or anything more demanding. Single exercises, with no carryover value are useless. Bodypart training has similar negative results. Knowledgeable coaches and trainers have bought into the adage "train movements, not muscles" for some time now. Training excessively with fixed path machines rarely yields anything more desirable than cosmetic results, and can actually develop dysfunctional patterns. The body must learn to stabilize and mobilize itself.

You can look spectacular AND perform spectacularly, IF the program design is well balanced. Such a program will assess, and then address mobility, stability, strength, muscular endurance, and cardio fitness. Successful programs will remove faults and correct dysfunction to achieve success. Learning how posture affects strength is an absolute requisite. Most self designed "programs" never address assessment, and, underestimate the importance of stance, alignment, and posture.

So, what do I think of your program? Hopefully, this info will help you make correct choices. After all, if you're going to invest the time and sweat training, you want the best return for your investment, not whats "better than nothing".


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