How to quickly identify a crappy workout program

Google “fitness near me” and you will get a variety of responses. Lots of them are group programs these days. So many different program types to sift through. Maybe you immediately try some, or maybe you immediately take one off the list. It can be a bit overwhelming to figure out which ones are good for you!

How do you identify a crappy program?!!? 

If you are looking for a well-balanced program that not only gets you feeling good but also living a great life outside the gym, you need the following for strength, mobility, and functionality in your program.

  1. SQUAT
  3. PULL
  4. PUSH
  5. LUNGE
  7. CARRY

Make sure your week of workouts includes all of these movements. A few things to watch out for:

  • Does your workout include only pushing and no pulling? Healthy shoulders need lots of pulling and not just pushing (sorry guys).
  • Are you seeing any single leg work? We need this unilateral work for strength, balance, and stability! Be nice to those hips. 🙂
  • Don’t hold things? Holds mimic real life so well and improve your functional strength. I won’t even mention their relation to longevity.

By including these fundamental movement patterns in your workout program, you can ensure balanced muscle development, improved functional strength, and reduced risk of injury. Feeling goooood. Or as much as these athlete bodies can. 😉 

And, on top of that, varying your exercises and incorporating different movement patterns can keep your workouts interesting and prevent plateaus in progress. This is why LP has 4 phases throughout the year:

Q1 – Strength Season
Q2 – Summer Shred
Q3 – Athlete Conditioning
Q4 – Build the Foundation

Not only do we change it up to prevent plateaus and boredom, but we always make sure to include all of these movements –> Creating the strongest bodies.

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Michelle de Jong

Michelle has always had a passion for fitness, nutrition and sport. She is now a mom of her daughter Maddison. Being a Mom and Fitness Coach has brought an entirely new appreciation to the challenges of “Living The Fit Life” while balancing a career, family and fitness. 

The passion for “Tales from The Fit Life” Blog came from 12 years of working with clients on their fitness and health journey. Tune in each week to learn about Fitness, Nutrition, Recovery and the X-Factor tips that have helped transform the lives of Michelle’s Clients at Limitless Performance.

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