You know what fads have come and gone but there is one gym fashion I never understood…
It was 1998 and I’d just started training clients…I’d had a call from a new client saying she would like to train with me.
So we met at the gym for a chat and she arrived (having dropped her kids at school) wearing a bra top and tight full length leggings….…but with a bright lime green g-string on top!
You know the saying “just because you can doesn’t mean you should!!”
Believe me she was not the right person to be putting out that look…give her credit she had some balls….
….well she didn’t actually have balls, there wasn’t anywhere she could hide them in that get up!
But here’s my point, just because you see an athlete doing a certain exercise it doesn’t mean YOU should be doing it.
What most people forget is that an athlete has usually been doing a certain level of training for years and they have conditioned their body to do that exercise. You need to condition your body to deal with the stress and strain you are about to place upon it with these types of ‘athletic’ movements.
Jumping straight in to do these doesn’t make sense…especially not to the body, and the body is far smarter than you are!
It usually ends in injury…a period of no training, which in turn leads to the body becoming de-conditioned. If you then try and jump back in at that level again, you’ll be on a downward spiral that is hard to get out of.
So what’s the answer?
Use your brain…think logically, you need to work up to this type of training.
Olympic lifting has become really popular recently and that’s great, especially as I teach other fit pros courses in it, but what I teach on the course is that your client has to be able to pass some ‘prerequisite’ exercises before they start with Olympic style exercises.
For instance, if you can’t overhead squat then you shouldn’t try doing snatches!
Be smart, your body will thank you for it in the end!