Does your workout sometimes feel like groundhog day? Do you find yourself doing familiar moves or routines, working the same muscles the same way?
Don’t stress, there’s a reason your program is structured this way – to get results! Let me explain a little further.
If you’ve ever seen someone try to box jump or swing a kettlebell before they’ve mastered the basic movements of squatting or hinging at the hips, you might notice that their coordination, power and balance is compromised, making the exercise harder than it should be, messy when it comes to technique and an injury waiting to happen!
When we perform the same exercises a number of times we are mastering the movement pattern and creating a mind-body connection that reinforces the basic structure of an exercise and lets us springboard forward with our goals.
Next time you feel like you’re doing a squat for the 100th time, try and shift your focus onto your technique, making sure your movement pattern is perfect and levelling up the exercise by increasing your range of motion or adding weight.
Our bodies are clever, but they need a little bit of help to get us the results we’re after. You have probably noticed that my specialised FIT programs run from 4-6 weeks in length – that’s because we need to keep challenging your body.
Creating strong arms one rep at a time
By repeating similar exercises over a period of time, you’ll notice a huge difference in your strength and lean muscle mass – you’ll see shape and definition in your body increase. If you compare the number of reps you can complete or the weight you're lifting in an exercise to when you first started, you’ll also notice how much stronger you have become.
How many more squats can you complete in 60 seconds now, compared to when you first started exercising?
By repeating movement patterns, the body becomes more efficient at moving that way, the muscles grow stronger and more capable. You will find you can train harder at the same exercises.
We all know that training at a higher intensity means burning more calories, torching more fat and improving fitness levels!
If you’ve been completing an exercise for a little while now and it is feeling ‘easy’ or ‘boring’, increase your intensity! Train harder, train faster and watch your progress take a big leap.
Reaching a health and fitness goal takes time and effort. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could complete an exercise once or twice and, boom, have all the results we want? Oh, we wish!
Unfortunately, that's just not how it works. We need to stick at something to achieve the results we’re after. This is where we trust the process, give our all at each training session and patiently reap the rewards. I've got you!
Emily Skye is a strength training expert and the face of FIT, the digital fitness app that helps women worldwide build strength and confidence, stay active through pregnancy and rebuild post-pregnancy. Emily holds a Certificate IV in Fitness and Master Trainer qualification from the Australian Institute of Fitness. She is also co-founder of James Cosmetics and a mother of two.
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