One of my favorite exercise blogs is by Nick Tumminello. I’ve taken a number of workshops given by him at various fitness conferences and enjoy his down to earth no-nonsense approach. He makes it clear what we, as trainers, are often not doing what we are supposed to be doing: getting our clients in better physical shape and condition. Instead, we follow gimmicks and fads in the mistaken attempt to entertain our clients. I’ve often looked around my gym and wondered are we recreational camp counselors for adults or physical exercise specialists? I suppose each individual trainer has to decide for themselves, but i don’t think most realize there is any difference, just like most gym goers don’t give much thought to what they are trying to accomplish by going to the gym in the first place. It’s all just becoming another form of entertainment. I always worked out for three reasons:
1) Be attractive to members of the opposite sex
2) Improve my athletic performance in a number of sports
3) Improve my sense of self-esteem
The idea of exercising, in and of itself, as a form of entertainment, never made sense to me. I wanted to get in the most intense workout I could tolerate to get the eventual results I was aiming for in the shortest amount of time necessary and then go out and do something like play basketball, racquetball, or go rock climbing. The only reason I’d hang out in a gym any longer than necessary would be if I was flirting with someone!
I digress. The reason I wanted to remind you about Nick Tumminello is because he wrote a really good piece on the common exercise mistake of resting too long between sets. You should read it here.
Don’t forget, your methods have to match your goals every time you train. If you keep changing your routine, or your training protocols, you’ll never get anywhere with your fitness goals.