PULL MORE, PUSH LESS!
Your day involves many pulling actions throughout the day, but many people's workouts are push dominate to make their "beach muscles" look good! Good looking beach muscles are good, don't get me wrong, but trying to balance out the load of the day to day routine of sitting at a desk or standing in line is more beneficial.
Most people are tight through their chest and weak in their upper back, due to improper alignment when standing and sitting. So to go workout and only compound that already tight chest with more bench press and more push-ups is only going to make things worse.
SO what should you work on when working out?
Focus your workouts in a push/pull format. For every pushing exercise: chest press, chest fly, push up, etc. do 2 pulling exercises: rows, pull ups, lat pull downs, reverse fly's etc.
At first, pulling exercises might feel more difficult than most pushing exercises but you will get stronger as you keep incorporating them into you workouts.
You don't have to go to the gym to do pulling exercises either. You can purchase a TRX Suspension Trainer or rubber resistance bands to perform many challenging and hugely beneficial exercises.
So why pull?
- Better posture
- Stronger back
- Stronger shoulders
- Reduce injury to shoulders
- Reduce low back pain
This can also go for the legs as well, mainly the hamstrings. Many people have low back pain for a number of different reasons and tight and weak hamstrings are a big culprit. So be sure to add in hamstring curls, hip press, dead lifts, roman chair back extensions, etc. to help keep the balance.
"The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes"
GO EARN IT!