Why Everybody should have Exercise and Resistance Training in their Life!
The effects of exercise and resistance training in your life is so important. No matter what age, what physical condition you are in or how busy you are. None of these should be an excuse for not doing it. Anyone who tells you that exercise or lifting weights is bad for you, simply just does not know what they are talking about. Should you have resistance training if your 30-40-50-60-70 years old? YES!!!
Did you know that Strength peaks around the age of 25, plateaus around ages 35-40 and then starts to decline from there? You can loose up to 25% of your muscle mass by the time you reach the age of 65.
As well as loosing muscle mass and strength your flexibility is also at risk at drastically declining. Let me ask you a few questions.
Can you currently reach down and touch your toes ?
Do you have a hard time putting socks on or putting on your shoes?
How about getting that big winter coat on or sweatshirt over your head?
This is all to common nowadays.
What about Bone structure? There is a steady decrease in calcium content. Which cause the structure of our bones to decline.
What happens when all of this stuff starts to occur? It will start to effect our everyday life. Carrying in the groceries will be very difficult, getting in and out of the car, putting your shoes on, getting on and off the toilet, yard work, things that were normally very easy won’t seem to easy anymore.
THE GOOD NEWS!
The good news is that all of this declining and depressing stuff that I am talking about is highly preventable. Don’t want to get old? Well then stay young with regular exercise and Resistance training!!
Regular exercise and Resistance training is shown to significantly slow down these declines.
The answer to your problems.
What is functional fitness?
Functional fitness is training movements that you use on a daily basis. Such as:
Squat, press, deadlift, power clean, etc…
Bending down to pick up a box – you just deadlifted.
Putting that box on a high shelf – you just power cleaned and pressed.
Moving that ugly couch out of your house – you just used all sorts of movements, deadlift, squat, press.
Why is Functional fitness better then using machines to resistance train?
When using machines, it does not require you to stabilize or have to control that weight. It is only focusing on one single muscle group, is this how it is in real life? Do I only need to use my biceps when picking up that box? No I used my whole body.
When we use barbells and not machines it requires your whole body to be working to stabilize that weight which is how it is in real life.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
NO MORE CLICHE THAT CROSSFIT IS BAD OR CRAZY, and NO YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE “IN SHAPE” TO START CROSSFIT!
Crossfit gets a bad rap because it involves high intensity. People see elite athletes on TV and say I can’t do that, it’s way to intense for me. If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this I would be a millionaire.
YES it involves high intensity. But everybody’s high intensity is different. Your high intensity may be walking across the gym 10 times or a light jog with air squats. Yes the elite athletes are crazy and amazing but I would never expect anyone to be doing what they do. They are the 0.0001% of the world. Crossfit is infinitely scaleable for anybody. Whether you are a teenager, 50 years old and never done any physical activity in your life, or if your 80, no matter who you are, CROSSFIT IS FOR EVERYONE!
If you haven’t tried it then you don’t get to judge it!!
CROSSFIT was created to improve everybody’s life, ignore what you see on TV. Come check out Pure Athletics and see what it is all about. We are a Community, we will guide and help you live a healthier more fulfilled life I promise.