If you aren’t familiar with the term “Live Long and Prosper”, then you are probably too cool to be reading my blog. Yeah I’m a Star Trek geek, but not one of those guys who dresses up as Captain Kirk.
In this article I’m going to talk about the importance of doing movements that require you to move your body as resistance, not just lifting a weight. While a pushup looks like it works the same muscles as a bench press, they provide a different type of resistance.
Also, running in place on a treadmill is different than propelling your body over the ground. “You can’t win, Darth. Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” Ooops, wrong movie!
[I am seriously excited to see the new Star Trek movie. I want to see it opening night with fans who get dressed up. Movies are much better with an enthusiastic crowd!]
Using Your Own Body Weight is Logical, Captain
Okay…I’ll do my best to not geek out and use “sci-fi” talk this entire post. The reason for this post is that too many of us (including myself) have grown accustomed to lifting things instead of moving our body.
When you go into a gym 95% of what you see is people pushing things away from or towards their body. Same with the cardio equipment…the machine is moving but the body stays in the same “space”.
Most Workouts Are Unbalanced Toward Lifting Weights
You can get an outstanding level of strength and muscle definition by lifting weights, but that strength doesn’t always translate into “real world” strength and athleticism.
Most of the activities outside of the gym are largely based around moving your body, but the gym is more about moving objects.
A “Painful” Lesson I Learned About Cardio Machines
I love cardio equipment as a way to lose body fat, but they aren’t the best when it comes to conditioning the body for sports. In the spring and summer I like to play basketball with a few of my friends. The first few times we play, my entire body is sore for 3-4 days after.
The big problem is that although I am cardio conditioned, moving my body and jumping over the pavement is an entirely different type of resistance.
Last Week I Was Reminded of My Weakness in This Area
This past winter I was limited in time and did nothing but body weight circuits as a way to maintain muscle mass while staying lean. I wrote about the exact workout I was following in this post: Body Weight Circuits Are Kickin’ My Butt!.
I did this for 10 weeks and it worked wonders! Anyway, I switched back to weights these past two months but wanted to reintroduce these circuits back into my routine. I paid the price in a big way.
My Legs Were Smoked For Days After This 15 Minute Routine
I decided last week that I would replace my Wednesday HIIT with body weight circuits right after my strength training. I did a 30 minute lifting session with Back and Chest, then spent 15 minutes doing the Body Weight Circuit.
I replaced the burpees with explosive jumps…I would bend down to touch the ground and then jump as high as possible. As always, I was gasping for air by the end of the third circuit.
Darn You Craig Ballantyne, You Crushed Me Again!
I really paid the price the following 4 days. I went over to Craig Ballantyne’s New Blog, TT Fat Loss, and told him how evil he was for coming up with such a deadly routine.
Great blog by the way! I’ve read every post so far and I’ve commented on a couple of the posts. Although Craig’s blog is outstanding, he is an evil and sadistic man.
He must be stopped 🙂
Just Lifting Weights and Doing Cardio is Partial Conditioning
I have been lacking when it comes to a lot of real world conditioning. Whenever spring hits and the weather gets better I know that it will take a few weeks to adapt to running on the pavement, running up hills, jumping to spike a volleyball, etc.
Starting this month, I plan on developing overall conditioning by including more body weight movements along with lifting weights. Along with that, I plan on replacing half of the HIIT I’m doing with body weight circuits.
Feel “Lighter on Your Feet” With Body Weight Exercises
When I was doing nothing but body weight circuits this past winter, I quickly felt more athletic. In fact, I would define athleticism as a strong “strength-to-weight” ratio…or at least it is one of the more important factors.
Even just walking or standing felt better. I was a skeptic of this type of exercise until I felt these effects.
How to Incorporate Body Movement Exercises
I would start by replacing lat pulldowns with chinups. For chest you could do pushups along with bench presses. For triceps, you could do dips in between benches or on dip bars.
You could go outside from time to time and run hills instead of the stair stepper. You could alternate doing HIIT cardio with body weight circuits (like I’m doing).
Note: I still enjoy cardio machines and lifting weights. I am just recommending that you supplement this stuff with more body weight movements. It will make a difference in the way you look and feel.