How will you progress your training?
IF YOU’VE PUSHED YOURSELF IN CLASSES, ARE YOU MAKING PROGRESS?
When I first met Bella, we would discuss how weight training might improve her hip pain. Having had previous issues with pain in exercise following hip surgery when younger, Bella was uncertain that she would be able to do some of the exercises that I had mentioned.
Bella had achieved a great weight loss journey before I met her, and had become a seasoned expert in cardio classes. Body pump, spin, body combat. Many of these classes are centred around fast-paced exercise to music and don’t take into account the individual.
What hadn’t been addressed in any group exercise class, was Bella’s ability to generate power from her core muscles and it had meant that she was being held back by relying on 5 or 6 classes a week to feel like she had done enough exercise.
The goal of our sessions was to be able to train smarter, not harder. Through intelligent weight training programmes and combining metcon style HIIT workouts with heavy compound movements, Bella now has a strong core, as well as reduced hip pain.
She’s also got a 90kg deadlift.
We haven’t completely left classes behind; they provide a great community feel and help keep us motivated – but they do not tailor to the individual. They also present another problem.
NO ONE TELLS YOU THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO SWEAT TO BURN CALORIES.
The focus is on sweating and getting that endorphin rush; but certain classes can often come with unwanted side effects such as inflammation, or bulky muscle development where our dominant muscles are allowed to take over.
Weight training; especially for women, is important in hormone regulation, and for that major hormone release responsible for weight loss or shape change.
Bella and I have worked together with physios and sports massage therapists to get her the strongest and fittest she can be, and with a very important date for her in the summer; increasing her confidence too.
Don’t get caught in the class trap.