Learning as a kid sucked. I hated school. The only reason I kept going back was because of the girls, sports and P.E. Oh ya did I forget to mention I did not want my mom to get a call from the principal or face the dreaded truancy officer.
Learning as an adult is awesome. In todays fast paced digital age one is either forced to learn or get left behind. We learn from our mistakes or we are doomed to repeat them. We either learn on the job, get promoted or die a slow miserable death in the same crappy job stuck in the same crappy cubicle. Depressing right? It makes one eager to learn doesn’t it? Ya I thought so.
How does learning relate to all things health and fitness? Well I will tell you but first tell me the most recent thing that you have learned that had an immediate impact on you. Please comment below.
A few weeks back I was at the gym doing dumbbell chest presses when I noticed a guy using a stability ball. He was actually doing the same exercise I was. I waited until he was in between sets before I approached him. I walked over and asked him why he was not using the bench. I was more intrigued with his use of the stability ball. He explained that using the stability ball strengthens his core and isolates the chest more using the ball verses the flat bench.
He then walked me through the movement and explained how to position oneself on the ball. He then asked me if I wanted to give it a try. I said yes. I proceeded to grab my 70lb dumbbells. He quickly told me to put them back and grab the 45’s.
I struggled with the movement but after a few reps I was able to get the hang of it. I was really able to feel the difference using the ball verses the bench. My pectoral muscles were on fire. My core felt stronger. My mind muscle connection was heightened. I was fatigued after 2 sets of 10 reps.
I thanked the gentleman for teaching me something new that day. I will start to incorporate more stability ball exercises into my workouts. I love learning new things especially when it comes to all things health and fitness.
Learning new things keeps my workouts fresh. I am able to keep my muscles guessing. I am able to minimize plateauing. I am able to grow and pass along new things to the gym newbie. A clever acronym for LEARN is Lifestyle Education Attitude Relationship Nutrition. Make health and fitness a lifestyle. Educate yourself. Have a positive attitude. Have a great relationship with yourself. Follow a nutrition plan not a diet.
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