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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

So after seeing the influx of Americans with their new fitness resolutions join me at the gym, I have noticed a few things that I tend to see more prevalent in most workouts.

LIFTING ON UNSTABLE SURFACES.

Now, it has been proven that performing exercises on bosu balls, dyna discs, etc CAN improve balance & coordination, especially if you are rehabbing from a lower body injury.  HOWEVER, I see many people thinking they can do shoulder presses and bicep curls on unstable surfaces and hoping it will produce great strength results.

Well I'm sorry to disappoint any of you who are runners who do that, but science has come to tell you that performing exercises on unstable surfaces shows no improvement for running performance whatsoever. 

The way to go here is plyometric exercises, those done in all sorts of my program designs.  They will help with core activation, metabolic efficiency, and improve coordination and stability all at the same time!

Don't believe me? Check out the study they did that backs it up.

Stable Vs. Unstable

So stop doing those weighted exercises on unstable surfaces if your hoping to see significant improvement in running performance. They will just disappoint you.

Motivational Quote:

"Get rid of all the negative self-talk.  Change your mindset to one where you truly believe in yourself."

Surround yourself with positive people, and you will stay positive in life!


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