You should really be called…

… Fitness Lying Down, then get back up, now take a knee, back on the ground, now roll over, stand back up, press this, pull that, hug this sandbag (what?!), now dial-up those glutes, zip up your thighs, and SLOW down!

HaHaHaHaHa, I love it!  This is what a person that newly experienced Fitness Lying Down said.  I have been told on many occasions from clients that they never knew what to expect by the name and that it is a tad bit deceiving.  So, my goal today is to let you in on why: Fitness Lying Down.

All fitness experts can agree on the importance of a foundation and fundamentals (if not, they’re not really fitness experts)!

We don’t want you to only exercise/move while lying down, but (and that’s a BIG but) we should dedicate time in our workout – especially early in each session – to be on the ground.  I’ve seen too many people go through their exercise programs that have never established a true physical foundation.  We/they get too caught up in doing the “sexy” exercises that will increase your muscles here or decrease (supposedly) your fat over there.  These types of gimmick exercises are usually a bunch of hooey and pay absolutely no attention to the foundation you need.  This type of fitness specializes muscle groups, but neglects authentic body movement.  You may be able to do a gazillion leg extensions and leg curls, but fail to comfortably sit in a deep squat, not good.  Getting back to the ground re-establishes our natural relationship with where movement all began and really helps to reset the body.  Meaning: learning – and continually revisiting – movement on the ground will make you a better mover on your feet and an overall good human being!  Seriously, you will be a better person!

“We are meant to grow strong and age gracefully.”
-Gray Cook

You see, as we increase in age, we start relying on poor movement patters through compensations due to previous injuries, over-repetitive activities (sitting for long periods of time is included as over-repetitive), sedentary lifestyles, etc.  Then we continue to carry those habitual compensations with us wherever we go; it’s baggage you don’t want!  Activities that once were easy and enjoyable have now become burdensome and avoided.  Why?  Some will say that getting old means the ability to do less is just a fact of life!  Nonsense! Think about why you prefer the La-Z-Boy over sitting on the ground.  We love the conveniences that make like appear more easy, but remember that convenience has a price!  By relying on these everyday easy-way-outs, we train our bodies to become lazy; we ask our body to resist less, move less, and think less.  Due to the lack of movement, our bodies end up growing weak and aging awkwardly.  Next time you sit down, think about how you land on the seat: is it soft and quiet, or do you rock that seat like a hurricane?!

Creeping across 32' of 2x4, no problem after 7 decades
Creeping across 32′ of 2×4, no problem after 7 decades

So, the next time you “throw your back out,” tweak a knee, or injure your shoulder be careful about pointing the finger at your natural aging process as the culprit to the summation of your unnatural lifestyle.  You could easily benefit from some Fitness Lying Down, then get back up, now take a knee, back on the ground, now roll over, stand back up, press this, pull that, hug this sandbag (what?!), now dial-up those glutes, zip up your thighs, and SLOW down!