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I will say this, though, as with most issues in exercise this is one of the areas where I have to begin my answer with the ever-hated, “It depends…”.
All quality exercise performance starts with some fundamentals, of course. I actually refer back to an old NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) biomechanics perspective that was developed by Tom Purvis (if I’m not mistaken). Smart guy. It essentially deals with 6 fundamental rules of lifting illustrated by the following acronym:
G – Goal
R – direction of Resistance
A – Alignment
S – Stabilize
P – Path of Motion
R – Range of Motion
Without getting into all of these areas, let me simply focus on the “Goal” component, as the way I determine the technical components of movement and exercise weighs heavily on this concept.
Different people. Different goals and desired outcomes. Different body limitations and structures. Different ability levels.
By the way, I have a woman who is 50+ years of age training in a group training class I offer that does Olympic Lifting Variations. Before she came to me she had hardly done any consistent free weight exercise in her life. And, oh yeah, she got out of physical therapy for her shoulder right before she came to me. Results? In the last year she lost weight, had less shoulder pain than she’s had in years. It’s been a process. It’s been progressive. It’s been modified.
P.S. I do that Jane Fonda outer thigh exercise with my clients. It’s a great activation exercise if you use it right.
I think this is probably the most common question I get (followed by, “How do I lose fat from here [fill in the blank]?”).
If I may simply clarify a thought on this issue. This is a question that is absolutely dependent on a number of factors. The most relevant of those being:
What else you are doing/will do in your current exercise program
It is easy to come up with a “great” exercise that really targets a muscle/movement well. But, what if you can’t do it? What if you don’t have the technical proficiency, stability, mobility, ROM, strength, (need I go on) to perform that movement? Answer?…it’s not a good exercise for you.
The second issue…spot reducing STILL doesn’t work. We have understood this concept from the physiology research for many years now. Problem…TV. Infomercials. They are still confusing the issue. 8 minutes a day on that ab-shocker machine deal won’t help you get ripped abs. Neither will the great new Ab Machine (whatever is being currently marketed). You can’t do exercises for muscles and make that fat disappear from that region. It’s a no win situation. Best ab exercise I’ve learned in the last 2 years (if I may borrow a term from Mike Boyle) is the “Table Pushaway” exercise. Yep…push it away, eat less calories and create caloric deficit. That’s what it comes down to. Burn more than you eat and you’ll get the ripped abs. What do you think all those diets and exercise programs are trying to get you to do?
If you’re starting your questions with “which exercise is best?” you are probably already on the wrong path. Start by asking questions related to “what type of exercise program is best?” and you’ll be off to a better start.
A colleague of mine, Kathy Gruver, MS, LMT, RM, has recently come out with an instructional DVD for at home massage. For those of you looking to learn some practical techniques you can use on your own, this might be a good option for you.
I am always looking for ways of doing self myofascial release, foam rolling, etc. for my clients pre-, during and post-exercise to improve neuromuscular communication and recovery. But in the end, they are all “the poor-man’s massage” techniques. This is an opportunity to learn some more practical/scientifically-based techniques you can use at home and still save some bucks in our wonderful economy. I have had the opportunity to meet with and discuss some of these issues over the last couple years with Kathy and have found her to be a great resource of information.
Here’s the link to Kathy’s site: Therapeutic Massage at Home DVD
Beginning this May, we will initiate a program that will be the first of its kind for golfers in the Santa Barbara area.
Dave Thornton and Richard Chavez will bring decades of expertise in the areas of swing mechanics, golf strategy and sports psychology. The exciting addition to these One Day Seminars will be benefits of power production, postural correction, fine motor control, and joint mobility and stability. As these concepts are becoming more prevalent in the literature and golfing world, our goal is to add a component and perspective to our attendees that will be like none other.