The author is just an ordinary man with a 9 to 5 job. He happens to be a physical fitness enthusiast and the sports and training methods he practises are weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, circuit training, interval training, track and field, gymnastics, martial arts and swimming.
Roy Palmer is a teacher of The Alexander Technique and has studied performance enhancement in sport for the last 10 years. In 2001 he published a book called ‘The Performance Paradox: Challenging the conventional methods of sports training and exercise’ and is currently working on a new project about The Zone. More information about his unique approach to training can be found at http://www.fitness-programs-for-life.com.
Starting a fitness training program for your child can be very easy if you just use some initiative. You don’t have to get them to the gym which is boring for them and expensive for you, but you can use other methods. Make sure that they don’t watch TV for more than 1 hour at a time. If they are watching a movie, make sure that they don’t get to watch anything else or play computer games that day. Rather encourage them to play outside. You can go to the park, let them run around the garden, or give them other activities to keep them occupied.
To achieve true fitness any exercise programme should include these three essential components – namely, strength training, endurance and stamina training and flexibility training. What is endurance and stamina? The two words usually mean the same thing and a simple definition would be this: “The ability to undergo a prolonged period of physical exertion without undue stress or exhaustion.” Endurance and stamina can be achieved by two very popular training methods, namely Circuit training and Interval training. What exactly is circuit training?
If you hope to get in the best soccer shape of your life, then you should look forward to some soccer training sessions. These offer various methods to aid you in your quest to be the best player you can be. If you wish to play soccer then you can expect a lot of soccer fitness training to help you get in the best shape possible. There are many fitness exercises that can really help you get in the best shape you can possibly get in. If you’ve ever had any football coaching, then you’ll be a step ahead of the game. By having played football, you’ll be much more equipped to play soccer because they are both very demanding sports that require you to be in the best psychical shape you can possibly be in. You most likely have been involved in football drills if you’ve played football and this is something that can help you as well in your soccer training sessions. By having completed these football training drills, it signifies that you are a step ahead by being in good psychical condition, and this is the key to making it through a soccer game.
Bodyweight training, if it is thought of at all, is generally not one of the first exercise methods people consider when choosing an exercise plan. This is a shame, as bodyweight training is actually one of the most effective workouts you can do. In this Hub I’m going to attempt to explain why this is, as well as give you a sample routine to try out.First, some background as to how I came to this conclusion. Ever since High School I’ve been interested in health and physical fitness to one degree or another. For the longest time I did what most people do. I ran and lifted weights. I thought this was making me healthy, but looking back I can see I was wrong. Here’s what happened to change my mind.For a time I took up Judo for awhile. I really liked it, but I couldn’t believe how easily I was getting hurt. At one point I couldn’t even extend my arm fully and I really hurt my shoulder at one point. What was going on? If I was so strong, why was I getting hurt all the time?Another time I remember going to a yoga class (something I still do to this day, by the way). It was a Bikram’s Yoga Class, which is actually quite physically demanding. For part of the class you are required to hold certain postures for up to a minute. Doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Well, I remember when I first tried to hold the “Triangle” posture. Not only could I not get into the posture correctly, my legs gave out after about 10 seconds. Why could I not hold this posture, despite the fact I did exercise like squats and leg extensions on machines, but women with seemingly little muscle at all could? I was baffled.This is how I made the mental leap from weight training to bodyweight training. I started to really think about why I seemingly lacked real functional strength. My brain came back with an answer. It recalled an experience I had as a young boy. I remember I was at the zoo, marveling at how strong and powerful the Gorillas looked. I didn’t know it at the time, but a Gorilla is between 6 and 20 times stronger that the average man. How could this be? A Gorilla doesn’t lift weights or exercise in any of the ways Man does. At the time I thought about it, but then was distracted by something else. Now older and wiser, I thought about it again. Could it be that Man with his big brain has in fact got everything wrong? Should we perhaps be emulating our animal brothers in the wild and only training with our bodyweight as well?Another thought came to me. Consider Gymnasts. They use bodyweight training in various forms exclusively. They don’t lift weights at all. The result? First of all, they look incredibly strong. I’ve been on bodybuilding forums where posters (is that the word for people who post on these forums?) cannot believe how ripped and buff the gymnasts are. But more importantly, they are also functionally strong in a way that a weightlifter never is. They can move their bodies in space in all directions and all angles. They are almost animal like in their physical abilities, and it shows. This is real strength, and it comes from focusing on bodyweight training exclusively.Oh, I almost forgot to mention Christopher Summers. Christopher Summers was a gymnast before he retired to become a gymnastic coach. When he retired he decided to try exercising like most people, which means running and lifting weights. He went into a gym for the first time (a traditional weight lifting gym, obviously, not a gymnastic gym) and started to lift. To his amazement, he was out lifting all of the experienced weight lifters in the place with ease. As an example, he was able to do a double bodyweight deadlift no problem, and he wasn’t even the strongest person on his gymnastic team! What would happen if he trained in weight lifting full time. He could break records!So, he abandoned his bodyweight training routine and took up weight lifting. The result? In his own words, he became sore, stiff, slow, and tired. He was getting WORSE, not better. Another negative was that he was losing his overall physical abilities. His stamina was getting worse, as was his flexibility. Like me, Mr. Summers began to question the wisdom of the whole procedure. He went back to gymnastic training and his body quickly responded for the better.
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