Shoot the way I look at this, we could all die TODAY (I know pretty morbid), so why would we train with an approach to longevity?
I stated this in my last blog of this series, and it does make sense as to why we would ask that question. Hopefully, by now you have had a chance to read PRT1 of this blog series (if not click here), where I explain that yes we could be taken off the earth at any moment in our lives, but that doesn't mean we shouldn’t enjoy doing the things we LOVE.
When your body is telling you that you can not do what you want, it is pretty damn frustrating, I know firsthand. That is why I have taken so much time to think, learn, and apply how we can train with a “longevity” best approach, no matter the end goal.
This makes it clear for all readers. Whether you want to be a pro skateboarder, or you are just looking to get JACKED, these tips will assist you in making sure your training is doing what it needs to keep you doing what you LOVE!
Let’s move our way into tip number TWO for How We Keep Doing What We Love (“Longevity” Approach To Training)
HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR RANGES OF MOTION & IMPROVE UPON YOUR RANGES OF MOTION
Range Of Motion = how far you can move a joint or muscle
Why would this be important? Well, if you have ever lifted heavier weights you can realize this right away if you are not stable and in control. If we are just out there Hulking weights around with no thought to how you are controlling those weights and also how far we are taking that movement through its range of motion, we are neglecting a HUGE part of training.
This not only has a role to play in the longevity approach to training, but it will also plays a huge role in what your goal may be. Now, remember, I said at the beginning that these tips are general, so think of how this applies to your training.
You are far better off, using a lighter weight that you have CONTROL over and trying to push yourself to go further and further into that movement's range of motion each rep, then try and stack weight on each set.
Now in the context of sports performance, where we actually may be purposefully training within a shortened or isolated range of motion, being out of control here also holds NO PLACE. Even if you are loading that bar up to sub max loads (damn near your heaviest lift) for some partial rep work, you still want to have control over that weight and more importantly, that RANGE OF MOTION.
This tip has been a big one for not just my clients, but myself as well. Once I stopped worrying about just the weight I was lifting, and put my focus on another aspect, especially my ability to control different ranges of motion, my body felt great and a lot of those aches and pains went away.
Get to training those ranges of motion, have control over those ranges of motion and CHALLENGE yourself in all different ranges of motion!