A good Monday to everyone out there, wake up wake up, the clock isn’t your enemy, no matter what happened this weekend. Today I’ve got a subject matter, that I’ve hit on a few times, but I think is worth repeating. I also hope it helps put some minds at ease and calms down the chaos that the training world can be.
We don’t HAVE to do any exercise in particular, but there are certain patterns that need to be done regularly when training, otherwise, we’ll find ourselves having issues down the road (hinge, squat/lunge, push, pull, carry). Unfortunately, coaches tend to get VERY stuck in their ways, and I’m not immune to it, I’ve done it in the past, and I’ll do it in the future likely. Just the same, if you hear a coach saying that one variation, example; a back squat, is the only true variation of a movement pattern, keep scrolling, hit next or whatever it is you need to do to end your listening of that foolishness.
Are there some movements that fit the bill for most people out there? Oh yeah.
Are there some movements out there that are appropriate for very few as well? You bet
Just the same, some folks insist on hammering the round peg into the square hole, or whatever shape, and it ends up being a hindrance. What I’m telling you here today is, if you have been doing goblet squat for your squat/lunge patter or KB swings for your hinge pattern, and you’re still seeing progress, with no interest in moving on to things more advanced, keep doing it. I would encourage everyone to TRY a more advanced variation of a movement, if it suits their body (literally the way some bodies are put together, some movements will be very bad fits).
Apart from the little nudge into the next advancement of a movement, rock on with your trap bar, your Bulgarian split squat (you evil person) or your dumbbell bench press. Push those boundaries when it’s appropriate or find someone that can help you assess if it’s appropriate. When you’re in a good training sweet spot, where you’re enjoying the movements AND seeing progress, don’t rock that boat I say.
Hopefully this can make training less confusing for some out there and affirm what some are doing already. If you enjoyed the content in this e-mail, I just ask you forward it to a friend that you think will like it too. Hope everyone has a great week and thanks for reading!
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Jarrod Dyke, CSCS