Any of us over 40 may remember the famous management guru of the 1990's Stephen Covey and his infamous "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". Everyone in business had to read it and it became a cultural phenomenon.
Without going into the nitty-gritty of the book, he studied and analyzed hundreds of successful leaders, politicians and business people to come up with the habits they had in common that made them successful.
Core to Covey's paradigm is the belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions. This is more true when it comes to fitness than anywhere else. As trainers, we often hear: "I can't do that!" right before the person does it.
So, as I reflected on fitness and what I have witnessed through our members and trainers at 614Fitness, the 7 Habits stuck to me like an extended set of burpees.
Just to review, here are Covey's 7 Habits:
In this 7 part series, we will examine each of the habits and how they relate to becoming fitter, stronger and in the best shape of your life.
Habit # 1: Be Proactive
Question: How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: 1 bite at a time.
Often the hardest part of getting in shape is getting started. Not knowing where to begin. Stressing over past attempts and failures. Or simply being afraid of failure (or success). Being proactive involves taking control of your thoughts and messages. Replacing phrases like
You will need to do these 5 things to become a fitter, stronger version of yourself:
In every physical activity, proper form is crucial, but it’s especially important when you add weights or resistance to your workouts. That extra load forces your muscles to work hard to get stronger, but it also makes them more susceptible to injuries.
When strength training any area of your body, having proper form and technique is crucial to make sure you’re working the intended muscle groups that you want to develop and grow.
So what does proper form get us?
But wait … there is no one CORRECT form.
Every person’s body is different and, for that reason, proper form is hard to define. For example, one person’s “proper” squat can look much different than another person’s squat because their range of motion (ROM) and flexibility levels vary. Some individuals can squat well below the height of their knees due to flexibility in their hips, knees, and ankles, while others have resistance in one or more of those areas preventing them from getting lower — which plays a big role down the line when it comes to proper weightlifting form.
That’s why we believe so strongly in our small group training format at 614Fitness. Professional trainers keep vigilant watch over form and function to ensure the most out of every move.
Not getting the results you want from going to the gym? Proper form and professional guidance could be the answer to your fitness gains.
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