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If you are keen to be at the forefront of exercise physiology, it’s important that you keep up to date with the latest in research. This will ensure you are using the latest training techniques to achieve your goals.

Tips to Grow From Your Training Mistakes

  • Mistake 1: Believing That Functional Training is Superior to Classical Strength Training. Functional training is a popular catch phrase amongst trainers, and ‘core training’ is not mentioned as often. Essentially it involves the use of rehabilitation exercises to help you return you to either your normal activity or sports performance. Equipment involving cables, medicine balls and balance movements for the basis of this training methodology. Interestingly some marital arts have apparently been inspired by the moments of fighting animals and developed moves accordingly. Unfortunately the mimicking of these movements, may end up with you developing legs not unlike a chicken’s. As a general rule, these types of movements are more appropriate for agility in the fighting ring, not adding muscle to your body.

  • Mistake 2: Isolation, Also Known as Single-Joint Movements Are Irrelevant For Athletes. The truth is that you are only as strong as your weakest link. Using isolation exercises, such as those aimed as strengthening the elbow flexors, you can take pre-emptive action to protect yourself from potential damage, such as when you fall.

  • Mistake 3: Chains Are Ideal For Every Single Exercise. Thanks to people such as Nautilus founder Arthur Jones, chains have become a common way in which lifters can use machines with what’s called an ascending strength curve. Exercises involving this curve become easier at the ends of the movement. This is also true with movements such as squats, deadlifts, chin-ups and leg curls. The truth is, the use of the chain, as in Nautilus equipment is not universally useful across all exercise machine types.

Turn Your Mistakes Into Muscle

Be wary of fads and hype in the fitness industry when it comes to training methodology. Ensure that you minimise risk and engage the services of a suitably qualified fitness professional when in doubt.

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