In today's blog entry I want to provide template for designing your own exercise program. Program design is challenging and can become complicated the more specialized and specific you want to make it. However, specificity isn't always necessary in the initial stages.
In a recent Facebook post I went into some detail about a basic Self Myofascial Release (SMR aka. Foam Rolling) routine. I felt that I left a few stones unturned, so I decided to go into further detail here on the Hash Fitness Blog.
Foam Rolling Routine Video <<Video>>
Starting and maintaining a workout program is not easy. If it were then trainers like me would be out of business. The biggest issue people have is not knowing where to start. With the amount of conflicting information on the Internet I can see why it is difficult for beginners to know what to do in the weight room. Below are three tips that will help you develop a plan that is safe and effective.
It is not enough to just start a fitness program and see some short-term progress. The goal from the onset of your fitness journey should be to make a lifestyle change and find a plan that can last forever.
So how do we create this sustainability within our fitness plan?
Ahhh push-ups, who doesn't love dropping down and knocking out a few reps every once and awhile? I sure do.
As much as I enjoy them, for whatever reason if you ask people what their typical push or chest day looks like they rarely will include push-ups.
Why is that?
Perhaps it is because push-ups are a bodyweight exercise and once you've built up some strength it can become very easy to do twenty, or more, reps in a row. Once you get over that twenty rep mark the exercise becomes fairly redundant and you'll likely seek out a more challenging alternative.
Below are my favorite variations of the push-up that I use with my clients and athletes to increase the intensity and benefit of the traditional push-up. Not only will these increase the intensity, but they're also great for vacation and at home workouts where maybe the weightlifting equipment is limited.
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