What gives me abs, fitness or sit-ups?
FIT TIP: I’m sure none of us want to waste our time doing anything hard that does not give us the best result, but often we will ask for fitness advice or get some information which sounds true, and it seems to work. Like the guy who, on the advice of a friend, starts running 5 kms fast everyday and doing 100 sit-ups daily (for his fat belly). He loses weight off his waist, he can see his abs in the mirror and of course links his ‘Waist Loss’ to his sit-up exercises – because when he does sit-ups he can ‘Feel it’ in his abs. Without realising that fat loss comes from getting fitter and burning fat through the breakdown of fat to provide him with energy for his running, our guy now really ‘believes’ his sit-ups have burnt fat off his waist and he keeps doing them. He gets fitter (from his hard runs that has progressed into interval sprint training), he starts to look and feel amazing, people ask him what he is doing to burn fat off his waist, he tells them sit-ups.
The session on the Krebs Cycle and how the human body burns fat was a bit boring at school, or too hard to understand. He continues to share the same ‘Sit-up Silliness, Fat Loss Fib’ with anyone who asks… make sure you get the right advice and don’t waste your precious time!!
Lower back pain?
FIT TIP: I see a number of people in various states of pain, and the most common by far is lower back pain. Often this can be due to tight/inflexible muscles in the lower back or hamstrings (they are very much linked), however the biggest factor is always due to a weak core.
The ‘core’ is the group of muscles around your trunk, encompassing not just your abs but also your obliques, erector spinae, pelvic flexors and other small stabilising muscles.
Tradionally, exercise programs would focus on individual muscles (such as ab crunches, lower back extensions) however this is NOT how the core works in daily life. What the core does is stop the body from bending forwards, backwards, sideways , and twisting around. Most of the time this involves all the muscles working together as one unit. And so this is how they should be trained – as one unit.
The MOST EFFECTIVE wasy to train them all is with functional strength training. Done correctly, you will learn to ‘activate’ and ‘lock’ these muscles when moving heavy weights, so that all your core muscles strengthen evenly. Coupled with an effective stretching regime, I have managed to reduce lower back pain in DOZENS of people. Are you potentially one of them? Give me a call to find out!!
You are an Athlete
FIT TIP: How many fat marathon runners, 100m sprinters and sports stars do you see (excluding Sumo wrestling!)?? They all have awesome physiques. But it’s not just about the exercise. More than anything else, it’s thinking the right thoughts. You have to switch your mind from ‘fat loss’ mode to ‘athlete’. Would an athlete sit around on the couch all day? Would an athlete eat a bag of potato chips and a chocolate bar every day? Would an athlete do a long, slow, mundane exercise session?
No. They move around a lot, fuel themselves properly, and challenge themselves at every exercise session. Repeat to yourself “I am an athlete” every day until you believe it. And the body results will follow