Fitness Trainers Boulder CO

As we age, the lessons of consistency, moderation and avoiding repetitive stress injuries speaks for themselves.  Utilizing fitness trainers boulder co is a highly suggested method of safely learning new routines with proper form built right in.  Many people will try to do this without professional guidance but all you have to do is look around at all the people working out, incorrectly, to realize just how easy it is to fool your self into thinking you 'have it right'.  Why risk unnecessary injury when you can have professional guidance. 

People develop rigid beliefs regarding specific exercises for specific body parts, but the reality is that not only are there many different approaches to each muscle group but all muscle groups benefit by alternating exercises in each area.  For instance, the bench press is only one way to work the pectoral muscles.  This maybe a different story if you are training specifically to compete in a bench press competition then there are plenty of benefits to learning, and utilizing numerous different weight training routines for each area of your body.  Being flexible and open minded is a must.

Whether you are a fit person in optimal health, who is lean & good looking, generally healthy and you can build muscle easily, or a person who is struggling with his/her physical conditioning, you will benefit more from a well rounded exercise routine than you will from obsessively repetitive conditioning.  There are many workout guru’s purveying a new routine as the magic formula but I recommend that, if anything, you simply incorporate these new techniques without becoming obsessed with them.  Most techniques can easily be replaced by another similar exercise without sacrificing exercise benefits in general.  The key is to start new routines slowly and let your body adjust to avoid possible injury.

Successfully developing your ability to do pull-ups is not an exception.  This falls right in line with all the muscle groups mentioned, and many more.  Each of us will have a weak area that we avoid because it …well… makes us look weak at the gym or in front of other people wherever we might be.  If pull ups are particularly difficult, then you can start working the muscle groups related to pull ups – such as lat pulldowns perhaps without feeling as self-conscious (if this an issue for you).  It is also just good practice and strengthening muscle groups surrounding core muscles that you are focusing on is a proven injury prevention technique.

If you are patient and consistent there is a high probability that you will make the gains you are after without injury within a reasonable amount of time.  Build up slowly and you will start to have a body knowing that will allow you to increase the load you are placing on any core muscle group.  In the beginning, you will need to take it easy so you can gain your ‘sea legs’ particularly if you are new to exercise in general.  You may not heed my words but I have experienced injury by jumping in too quickly, and have seen the same in numerous others.  Do yourself a favor and ease into a new routine, build your base and then let er rip!

Back to pull ups.  They are one of my favorite exercises over my lifetime but they are replaceable when/if need be.  After an injury I had to remove them entirely from my routine for a period of time due to the injury.  This led to minimal loss of muscle in my back and arms as I replaced that specific exercise with others that strengthened both the same muscles and the surrounding supportive muscles – complimentary exercises that did not inflame the injured area.  The net result was that I maintained my original strength for pullups.

While I am on the topic, here are 4 pullup alternative exercise you can try:

The first is to simply request an assist for the core exercise.  Take the load way down but still maintain the range of motion, and specific use without pushing, as you usually do, for maximum impact/load.  You can request help from a workout partner, or use an elastic band to help lighten the load.

The next are utilizing Lat pull downs utilizing typical equipment at most gyms.  Again, start with 50% of your normal weight.  Just let you body know that you are still maintaining motion and strength.  You will know when to increase the load.  You can also utilize band pull downs if you don’t have access to gym equipment.

If your injury won’t allow even for the above, then start by trying a light rowing exercise routine.  I’ve gone through a period where any vertical exercise was too much for the injury but rowing for a few weeks allowed me to maintain my fitness and general strength prior to reintroducing the vertical exercise.

The bottom line is that you don’t wont to just stop working out due to injury or strain.  The key is to modify your routine and workout around the injury until the site has healed enough to allow you to push back into it more directly.  Respect your body’s limits, start slow and above all avoid injury as this can cost you so much more time and conditioning than we ever want to admit.  Good Training!