Exercises you should NEVER do …

For the last two years at FVT, we’ve put on a “Train-A-Trainer” event for charity at our facility.

How the “Train-a-Trainer” event works:

– Folks sponsor a “round” of exercises for the FVT Team, for some dollar amount. Each round is 45 seconds of work, followed by 15 seconds of rest. Last time we did 15 rounds total. 100% of the money raised goes to the charity we are doing the fundraiser for.
– For each round a person sponsors, they get to have the FVT team do whatever exercise(s) they like.

It’s lots of fun – but also a little miserable for the FVT trainers, as I’m sure you can imagine ;)

Here’s the thing though. I am personally best at STRENGTH – based stuff. I can press a heavy kettlebell a few times, or pop my feet up and do a handstand push up … but generally speaking, this is NOT what people pick for exercises that they sponsor.

Burpees are always a favorite. As are various jumping exercises, running around the building, that kind of thing.

CONDITIONING – based stuff … because they want to see us work and suffer a little I guess!

Here is the moral of the story. I am GOOD at strength-based exercises, so that’s what I gravitate towards. I will do this type of training ALL the time in my own personal workouts unless I purposely include conditioning in the training sessions.

But what I – and YOU – need to do, is make sure to include some things that we are NOT good at in our training as well. For example – I have to make sure to include higher-rep, higher work period stuff in my workouts. I don’t really personally like doing sets of 20 or 25 push ups … or doing 40 or 50 body weight squats in a row … but I know that in the long run, it will get me BETTER, because it will improve my abilities in that “realm” of physical fitness.

If you are like me, and you gravitate towards the strength stuff … I have news of a great new program to share with you. It’s called Bodyweight Cardio 500 … and it’s all about getting your a@@ in CONDITION and losing fat, with bodyweight ONLY workouts. ZERO equipment required for this one:

Check out Bodyweight Cardio 500 here

The scientific concepts this program is built around are solid, which you’ll see when you click the link above … and Kate (the author of Bodyweight Cardio 500) also incorporates some really creative and interesting ZERO equipment body weight exercises, like the ones in this video:

Great stuff.

So that’s it for today. Bottom line is, make sure you’re including not only what you LIKE to do in your training – which really is just human nature – but also what you DON’T like to do … to keep getting better, and to ultimately become the best you can be!

Train hard, and talk soon –

Forest Vance, MS, RKC II, PCC

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