The exercise world is bent on reps, weight, and movement, and a favorite form to do it: lift weights, yoga, pilates, running, swimming, cycling, etc. without consideration of the factors on the inside. Yet, no matter what type of exercise you engage in, it all boils down to two things: Joints & Forces. The mechanics and interplay of joints, muscle, and resistance must always be considered in every exercise and the outcome predicted, analyzed, and adjusted according to the goal and capabilites of the participant. All too often, adjustments in an exercise may be a few things: weight, reps, body position, and maybe an angle or attachment. This hapharzard approach leaves the participant with little results, hurt, and usually bored! A Fitness Professional seeing progressive challenge and variation from a strategic standpoint should consider the following:
- manipulation of the resistance modality for the same joint/movement pattern.
- monitor the participants current abilites, tolerances, level of control and then progress accordingly.
- always consider the goal of a specific exercise, the desired response, outcome, and ultimate adaptation.
- see that compimentary exercises could offer a more full-spectrum challenge to the goal.
- instill intention of the participant during every rep of every set: focus, control, effort, and fluid orchestration of the chosen range of motion throughout.