Watching the finish of this years’ Bridger Ridge Run got me thinking about all of the different shapes and sizes of runners crossing the finish line. With a six-hour difference between the first and last finisher, it makes sense that these genetic anthropometric differences play a role in creating such a range in performance and finishing time (along with training). If we apply this same rationalization to exercise in a gym setting, it also makes sense that not everyone can do the same exercises. Some people can squat… great. Some people have restrictions with flexibility, mobility, and the like – so squats may be the worst thing for them; yet it has been all the rage for the last few years to make these black and white statements in the fitness industry that everyone must squat, deadlift, etc.
Exercise selection and prescription should be a highly personalized process, based on what the individual can do with their “shape” and “size,” rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. A good personal Trainer will be able to assess movements and modify their own arsenal of exercises to accommodate these differences. If you‘ve been wondering why that new fad workout highlighted on a $4.00 magazine cover isn’t working, or why it is putting you in pain, consider that it might not be the right fit. Instead, get a regimen set up the right way with a personal trainer that will challenge you and your “shape” and “size” in a healthy and safe way.
About the Author:
Sean Beckett is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ACSM Certified HFS at the Ridge Athletic Clubs. To contact Sean or learn more about his background, click here