Your fingerprint is unique. In fact, no one else is exactly like you. Is it possible that truism may be pertinent to your workouts?
The Internet floods us with information about workouts and proper training, and it provides us with access to top-notch routines developed by some of the best coaches and trainers from around the world. Many of these programs offer photos or videos to demonstrate proper form, and many provide one-on-one coaching through chat or email.
What Should You Do When the Proper Technique Doesn’t Feel Right
It may be that you have tried one of these programs and felt that some of the exercises were not quite right for your individual needs. There could be several reasons why that happened, but the overarching reason is that we are all different.
Some differences may be innate, and some come from life experiences, such as an illness or injury. You may be shorter than average, have a large chest or wide hips, for example. An old injury may leave your overall body balance slightly off. There may be small differences between your hip or shoulder joints, and these slight variations may be making a routine designed as one-size-fits-all not quite right for you without a minor adjustment.
Each person has a varying degree in their foundation of fitness, such as power, speed, strength, flexibility and endurance. This comes through a range of fitness activities including cardio, weight lifting, plyometrics, mobility work and stretching. This results in a complete foundation that enhances your abilities to carry out daily activities like moving heavy boxes, chase the dog to the gate before it gets out, or enjoy a bike ride with a loved one. With a little more work, you are ready to play a sport.
This little extra training to prepare for a sport is occasionally called sport-specific training, and it incorporates training for the specific physical demands of the sport you wish to play. For example, training for tennis may add workouts with rotational medicine ball throws, or training for basketball may include chest or overhead passes. Likewise, cardio conditioning may be different between cycling and soccer.
Thus, when you combine the foundational workouts with the specific routines for enhancing performance, the result can be excellent training that prepares you for peak accomplishments, yet the routines and individual exercises may not account for your uniqueness. This is the time to check in with a personal trainer to ensure high-quality outcomes and reduce the possibility of injury.
With the easy access to high-quality fitness programs available in bookstores and online, many of which were designed by qualified, knowledgeable professionals who take your physical health and safety seriously, you may forget that these programs take a general approach and address average bodies.
This does not mean the workouts are bad, flawed or unhealthy. Many are stellar, and if followed correctly, can yield excellent results within safe guidelines. Yet, even the best coaches and trainers can go only so far when designing a routine for a wide audience. So, when an exercise starts to feel not quite right or feels as if it needs a little tweaking, a visit to your personal trainer to review your form can prove to be a worthy, cost effective investment in your physical health.