Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monday (Fitness)Massacre - Trainers Behaving Badly Vol. 9 (2/17/14)

Monday (Fitness)Massacre - Trainers Behaving Badly Vol. 9

Spending as many hours in the gym as I do on a daily basis, I'm afforded no shortage in sights of things that just make you shake your head. Unfortunately, quite often these sights ...are complete with a fitness 'professional' standing right there supervising the whole ordeal. I've decided the instead of standing silent and shaking my head, it would be better to call attention to said sights in order to educate my peeps.

This Week's 'Winner': "planks"

Planks, when performed correctly, are one of the most effective anti-flexion core/ab exercises there are. "When performed correctly...."

In the following picture, we have a 'trainer' leading a group session in attempting to perform those aforementioned planks.

Can you guess which of the 3 is the 'trainer'?

Considering the form from all 3 is a fitness failure, probably not. I can't.

If your 'plank' looks like a tent, it's NOT a plank. This is how people can 'hold' a plank for 1:00 - as was instructed in the scenario depicted below - and still have no abs, no core strength, and throw their back out picking up their keys.

How about cut the time in HALF (at least), and do it right. If you can hold it for much longer than 45 seconds, chances are you aren't doing it right and don't understand how to create whole-body tension.

Don't just collect a check/have some respect/and do it correct.....

For more on how to perform a plank correctly, check the following links:
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