Look better naked. This, in essence, is what the majority of people would agree that their personal fitness goals boil down to. Whether its the thirty-something female that wants to lose weight, or the forty-something male that would like to build some muscle. Deep down, everyone either wants to see less of themselves, or more, depending on their individual goals. This won’t be a blog about the six minute abs, or only doing one exercise a day, or any other fad gimmick out there. I am going to discuss the benefits of not wasting time during your workouts, while getting the results you desire, so you will have more of that precious time to do the things you enjoy. I’ve been talking a lot about exercise effectiveness and efficiency with my clients lately, and thought that this would be a good time to plug it in to the blogosphere.
I think it would be unanimously agreed upon that our bodies have the ability to move in many different ways (we push, pull, bend, squat, turn, jump, step, and so on) and we can do this in three planes of movement:
1. Sagittal Plane:
A sagittal plane is a vertical plane which passes from anterior to posterior, dividing the body into right and left halves.
2. Frontal Plane:
A frontal plane is any vertical plane that divides the body into ventral and dorsal (belly and back) sections. It is one of the planes of the body used to describe the location of body parts in relation to each other.
3. Transverse Plane:
The transverse plane is an imaginary plane that divides the body into superior and inferior parts. It is perpendicular to the frontal and sagittal planes.
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To summarize what you just read: our bodies are capable of many different forms of movement in three different planes – our fitness programs need to complement what our bodies can do and challenge these movements. Your exercise programs should be effective and efficient, as well! This, I believe, is where we fall short in the field of fitness as a whole. I have seen (and designed) enough programs that were effective, but not nearly as efficient as they could be. For example: I take someone through a press exercise – boom – good we’re done with those sets and reps. Now, I have to give them other exercises to please the different ways and planes of movement. So, this will consist of: some type of rotational exercise(s), lower half exercise(s), pull exercise(s), and throw some arms and abs into the mix because my clients like a good arm and ab blaster! Considering 6+ different exercises, with 3 – 4 sets per exercise, and heaven knows how many repitions I have to prescribe in order for my clients to feel “the burn;” that’s a whole lot of work and a whole lot of time (at least 60 – 90 minutes). Most people have a life outside of the gym environment and would like to live it.
I have some clients that will only give me 30 minutes of their time for fitness, 30 MINUTES! With the old ways of fitness, they would have to come in at least 7 days of the week (maybe twice a day) so we could fit everything in. I’m in the business of helping people reach their physical fitness goals – not lose clients; so that’s not going to work!
What if I was able to address the majority of our movements and all three planes in one exercise? Now we’re talking effective training with efficiency. When you start working your body more efficiently during your workouts, you are creating an environment where everything has to work together to acheive the desired task – this is very good! Doing this allows you to work on all muscles equally and training them to perform as they ought! When the body learns to move as a whole during your workouts, it means your physical life outside of the gym becomes more efficient, as well.
With an efficient style of fitness, not only do you save more time, but you end up burning more calories and fat while increasing your lean tissue (giving you that “toned” look). So, you can start looking better naked and moving better – all at the same time! Now, you need to ask yourself, is your fitness taking up too much of your time and offering you little to no results? If so, what is your next step to getting those results?