Work out for what? Health... Mental clarity... Stress relief... Strength... Endurance... Performance... Weight loss...
Your motivations for working out may vary and so should your approach. There’s levels to this—and, no, one size does not fit all. As a personal trainer, my job is to help my clients reach their goals in the healthiest way possible that adequately challenges your mind & body. The approach and modality often changes given each individual's progress and overall responsiveness to diet and exercise. Training for a marathon is different from preparing for a triathlon, which varies from the cardiovascular endurance training needed to climb Machu Pichu with confidence, and is a stark contrast to the explosive training required for an obstacle course race, or the high intensity training one might do for weight loss benefits. The word EXERCISE is a broad term that has specific purposes that are most effective when they are truly understood and applied accordingly. If breaking it down by application and finding a routine or fitness professional is too tough, then just move! Run, walk, stretch, do sit-ups, but just move and stay healthy! Click here to download the Be Exceptional Fitness App to get started and enjoy some free exercises!
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Will Pericak is an NFL offensive lineman with the Chicago Bears. His interests in technology and entrepreneurship led him to the NFLPA externship at WHOOP. Recovery protocols differ widely from player to player. They each create Their own ecosystems of people and processes that they believe make them feel and play better. When rookies enter the league, the smart ones go around to the veterans and ask for tips on what they do take care of their bodies.
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Your motivations can be different but the most important thing is realizing that the same approach will not yield that same results for everyone. Body composition, health conditions, ailments, injuries, history, diet, stress, sleep (are you really getting enough?) all play a factor into your fitness success. Find what works for you. Book a consultation, create a personalized fitness plan and workout for a reason. Your reason. Your results.
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When thinking about my personal ab routine or what I may give to my clients, I usually break it down by dynamic vs. isometric. What's the difference? Dynamic represents any ab exercises that you physically move through a full range of motion in order to execute the exercise. Isometric exercises typically represent any position that can be held without changing the length of the muscles or joints while contracted.
The one in the video above is a variation of an oldie, Ab Roll Outs. In reference to the category of core exercises that it falls into, this is a dynamic one . Most of you might have seen this demonstration on my social media feed. This movement is amazing and had me sore for two days. Believe, when done properly, it will rip up your midsection in minutes!
Here's how to do the Ab Rollouts.
Note that you can complete this version of the exercise with an ab-dolly, valslides, TRX, or a stability ball.
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