In this episode, I talk about my experience with limited range of motion workouts, and the various ways that you can target more muscles as you workout, so that your results improve.
CHRIS: Hi, this is Chris from My Core Balance. I want to welcome you to our website and just talk to you a little bit about what it is that we do here at My Core Balance.
One of the ways to describe it, because you can’t really just look at a program that maybe one of your friends or family member has received and expect that that’s going to be the same program for you or maybe just copy their program and start doing it, because it’s not your program. So, the thing is, in a sense, we kind of use your strengths against you. And we all have our different strengths and whatever our strength is we basically, make you do the opposite and we make you train your weaknesses because that is when you really create balance. Your strengths are so strong that in order to pull against them and use the opposite muscles, you need to create that much more strengths.
A real simple example is if you do a lot of bench press. You’re going to be really strong going in front of your body and so, in that case, we would figure out which particular exercises to get you to go back the other direction. Now we have, I don’t know off the top of my head but we probably have 40 to 50 exercises that can do the opposite of a bench press. Which one we give you or which few we give you depends on what else you do so, it’s a little intricate of a task, it’s a very situation-dependent, it really depends on the person but your situation is different, the body responds to what you give it. Every single thing you do, your body is basically interpreting what you do as a command to it in order to adapt.
For example, if you sit a lot at a desk all day of course, you’re going to be in pain, you’re going to be slouching forward but pain is just a signal. Most people when they feel pain, immediately, they’ll call a doctor and they’ll get their doctor to prescribe something so they don’t feel pain anymore. But this is kind of like if you’re walking down the street and someone runs up to you and say, “Hey, your house is on fire, you better run home.”, and instead of running home and check out what’s going on or call the fire department, you just kill the guy who told you that, you shoot the messenger literally.
So, don’t shoot the messenger, call the fire department. Numbing your pain by taking medication is not helpful. Listen to your pain, it’s telling you something. Act on what it’s telling you. That’s the number one goal of this workout system, is to correct the reason for your pain and then to get you to move into a more active lifestyle without your pain.
Back in the Hunter-gatherer age, we have kind of a shotgun movement approach. We got plenty of movements all throughout the day to stay healthy because our environment kept us healthy but now, with our heavy stressed out lifestyles we don’t have enough time to move all day long so, we need to take the sniper laser beam approach. We can’t do shotgun, a little bit of everything, we need to focus in one hour on exactly the movement that your body needs specifically to stay healthy.
So, we still completely have the potential to be healthy and pain free just as our ancestors did, it’s just that we have to take a different approach to get there. Now, did you know that there is actually a syndrome in the medical books called Silicon Valley Syndrome? Apparently, it’s a real syndrome that they’ve actually written about but I can only imagine what the symptoms are. The symptoms are probably you know, you start to slouch, bad posture, you lose muscle tone, your blood vessels constricts, your heart is getting weaker. These are all quote symptoms of a syndrome if you will, but I think that’s kind of a cop out calling it a syndrome because number one, everybody has it but it kind of make it seem like it’s a bug or a virus that just came up and kind of bit you but really, it’s a result of a sedentary lifestyle. So, don’t call it a syndrome and just throw your hands up and say, “I can’t do anything.”
Taking an active part in your recovery if you can, call it recovery or I should say well-being is a better term, is much more important because you can reverse all those symptoms. You can reverse the fact that you’re slouching. You can reverse poor muscle tone. You can reverse your blood vessels constricting, all you have to do is create more demand on them and then it will rise to the occasion, your heart will get stronger, your blood vessels will begin to be able to dilate. So, all these things are really important aspects, just common sense really, it’s not a medical dysfunction, it’s too much sitting, too much sedentary lifestyle and our bodies have become accustomed to that sedentary lifestyle. That’s all it is, we don’t need to make it more complicated than it really is.
One more thing I want to talk about is that you’ve heard that we only use 10% of our brains? I believe we only use 10% of our muscles as well. So, even if you are on a workout program, most workout programs, let’s use weight programs for example, most weight programs are like this, Monday, I’m going to do chest and triceps, Tuesday, I’m going to do back and biceps, Wednesday, I’m going to do legs, Thursday, I’m going to do shoulders, and Friday, maybe I’ll do abdominals and lower back or something like that. The problem with this is that it’s very segmented, it’s looking at the body as a segmented bunch of pieces.
There’re a couple of problems with that, one is, this is almost a recipe for more back pains because you’re not actually fixing any of the problems that you came into the gym with. And then number two, you’re actually limiting your results. Think about this, you have over 600 muscles in your body and if you’re only working 12 of them, you’re not going to get as much muscle tone, as much muscle size as if you hit all these small, medium and large based muscles and you create more of a fuller, natural looking healthy look. If you only use 10% of your muscles, would you rather say, “Okay, I’m going to try and get all my potential out of the 10% and I’m going to try as close to 10% if possible.”, or would you take the more effective approach which would just be to, “Well, maybe I should try to recruit more muscles, maybe I should try to get closer to 100%.” That’s a better approach and that’s the approach we use at My Core Balance.
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