Why you shouldn't train like an athletE....
unless you're an athlete.
Body Confusion is an approach to one’s exercise regimen that is based on the science of how muscles develop strength and endurance, and adapted for non-competitive sports/fitness enthusiasts as a method to stay at their peak level of caloric burn. First, however, we must understand the difference(s) between competitive athletes and fitness enthusiasts looking to lose or maintain weight.
For competitive athletes, it is important for them to train in such a way that their performance is improved by repeatedly practicing their sport, and often athletes will also work on breaking down the sport through specialized workouts that focus on building the different types of muscles fibers capable of excelling them. How an athlete trains and eats is vital to their competitive edge, and this is very different from living one’s daily life and professional routine.
The notion of Body Confusion is simply to never continue the same workout for an extended period of time, as your muscles will adapt and begin to endure the movements they are experiencing without having to usemuch of the body’s energy stores. Doing so as an athlete is ideal so that endurance is strengthened, but for the rest of us, we want to constantly change it up. Besides the perk of keeping your metabolism, i.e. your caloric burn up for weight maintenance, Body Confusion can help keep you safe from repetitive stress injuries, which athletes are more susceptible to. However, how you exercise is vital to having Body Confusion work successfully for you.
For this reason, I have developed The Kinelogica® Method (KM), which is a teaching approach to help students successfully connect into their bodies to maximize results and ensure safety no matter the activity. Body Confusion will not work if you are doing exercises that will add stress to your joints and connective tissues, and build tension in your muscular system. Being with an informed teacher is vital, not just in regards to their knowledge of exercises and sequencing, but about kinesiology and how physics effects your body on this planet.
Again, there is the caveat of safety and effectively knowing how to train in multiple forms of movement. It’s certainly good to start with one thing, have it inform the way you move and exercise your body (hopefully it is one that actually connects you with your bio-mechanics and anatomy), and then once you’ve had a couple of weeks learning it, move to trying something else out for a couple of weeks. Once you’ve found a few types of exercise you enjoy (for ex. Pilates, yoga and barre) then try and mix it up every week, i.e. 1-2 classes of each style throughout the week. Make sure you continue to progress in all class types, and it never hurts to throw in a swim, bike ride, jog, hike or my new favorite, rowing!
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