(I’ve changed Mike’s name for privacy purposes, but he is a client that I work with.)
Mike and I have been working together for about five months.
He’s an athletic guy … he played sports in high school, and has been active on and off for most of his life …
His goals when he came to me were to lose body fat, feel great, and be in great overall shape … but also, maybe most important to Mike, and what he was looking for
MY help with, was to get STRONGER.
When it comes to how he did his workouts before we met, he did the standard, bodybuilding – style body part split routine, mixed with some light cardio every once in a
while, for pretty much his entire adult life.
And one of his big frustrations when we started training together, was that he was NOT getting any stronger, doing what he was doing.
He was training fairly consistently, but just seemed to be hitting a plateau on his strength levels. And he couldn’t figure out why.
Turns out, in Mike’s case, it wasn’t just a matter of progressively adding more weight to the bar to get stronger – which was what he thought was all he needed to do
… and was a big part of why he was getting so frustrated.
Mike’s issue was MOBILITY.
He wasn’t moving his body through a full range of motion, efficiently.
In his efforts to get stronger by simply adding more and more weight to the exercises he was doing, what he was actually doing was re-inforcing poor movement patterns
… which was NOT helping his cause … and in fact was causing small injuries and tweaks as well, that were leaving him in pain and halting his progress.
So the solution for Mike was to re-learn how to MOVE properly.
We re-learned the squat movement, for example, and after a couple of weeks working on that, his squat numbers went through the roof.
Same thing happened with Mike’s press. He had super tight shoulders, poor range of motion, etc … so as soon as we were able to clear up some of those issues and
improve the “quality” of the movement, his press got WAAAAYYY easier!
Moral of the story is, if YOUR situation is similar to Mike’s, work on improving your MOVEMENT, and you’ll get stronger as a result.
Foam roll every day. Do joint mobility. Do a warm up before your workouts that’s geared towards hitting some of those “hot spots” like the ankles, hips, shoulders,
core, etc. Use perfect form and don’t cheat reps during your workouts. Follow a program like those in my Complete Hybrid Barbell Training System that are geared not
towards just getting strength and mass at the expense of all else, but more towards strength AND mobility AND total body development, all at the same time.
And remember – a body in motion, stays in motion … so keep moving, keep working, and keep driving towards your ultimate fitness goals!!
Train hard, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II, PCC