Health has become and integral part of the modern life, with more people working out than ever before. The last decade has been an exponential rise in numbers of gyms, especially in central London.
People go for all sorts of reasons: to lose weight, get fit, tone up, improve sporting performance. But the exercises they do tend to be fairly limited. Look around you next time you’re in the gym and you’ll see almost all of movements people are doing are either “forward/back” or “up/down”. Squats, lunges, rows, bench presses, runs, biceps curls. You get the idea.
Don’t get me wrong, this style of training works, and it’s something we all should be doing within our routines, especially if you’re trying to build muscle or lose weight. However, even if these are your goals, there are huge benefits to mixing things up. Many of our clients want to change their shape, but they also like to play sport. If they stick to building muscle in a forwards/backwards motion, it can hinder performance and also increase the risk of injury.
This is actually quite a radical shift in the way we think about training. For years, and to this day, we have looked at the body muscle by muscle – which ones need to be strengthened, which are fatigued, which need to be stretched – rather than looking at the body as a whole. But the body is interconnected, and people are only just waking up to the fact that there’s a lot more to getting fit than building muscle. Here are examples from sports many of us in the city like to play…