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4 WAYS YOU CAN TRAIN BETTER

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

#1 WARM UP


Mobilise your joints


This is important for everyone. Whether you a regular gym goer or a complete newbie. It allows you to mover better during exercises while decreasing the risk of injury. By increasing your mobility, you’ll be able squat and bench deeper.


Increase your heart rate


This can be a 1000 meter row or a 5 minute run. It doesn't have to be any longer 10 minutes. This will increase your heart rate and prepare your body for the rest of your session.



#2 ADD CARDIO

Whatever your goal you should train your cardiovascular system.

1. It will increase your work capacity, meaning you can do 5+ training sessions a week without getting fatigued.

2. Faster recovery. Cardio increases the bodies ability to remove waste products. This helps with number 1 as well.

3. Helps prevent disease. This is a reason in itself to include cardio



#3 EXERCISE SELECTION

You should be including lots of compound lifts in your training plans and gym session. A compound lift is a movement where two or more joints are moving. This helps make a strong and functional body while also helping with mobility. It’s also important to do single leg and arm movements. This can be a single arm dumbbell bench press or a rear foot elevated split squat. It helps balance any imbalances of strength you may have in the body.


You should train in every movement pattern for your body to perform well;

· Push

· Pull

· Squat

· Hip hinge


None of these should ever be neglected and should be trained at least twice a week.

1. Push

Bench press, shoulder press, press up


2. Pull

Pull ups, face pulls, bent over rows, inverted row


3. Squat

Back squat, front squat, goblet squat, split squat


4. Hip hinge

Deadlift, stiff leg deadlifts, hip thrusts




#4 TRAIN YOUR CORE

This isn’t leg raises and crunches! These have their place, but they don’t make you have a strong core. A strong core will help with your big lifts, your posture and reduce the chance of injury.


There are three ways to get a strong core;

· Anti-Rotation

· Anti-Lateral Flexion

· Anti-Extension


All need to be included to develop a strong core.

1. Anti-Rotation

Palloff press, cable chops


2. Anti-Lateral Flexion

Single arm carries, side planks


3. Anti-extension

Planks, ab wheel roll outs, deadbugs





To summarise

1. Always warm up and mobilise your joints

2. Add cardio to you training plans to help with overall health

3. Include all the different movement patterns twice in your plan to create a strong body

4. Train your core to reduce the chance of injury



Thank you for reading. I really hope this information helps you to achieve your goals. If you ever have any questions relating to anything discussed on this blog, please do get in touch.





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