Confessions of A Fitness Addict: Bench Press, Bicep Curls, and 1001 Sit-Ups

It is easy to want and focus on 6 pack abs, how much you can bench, or even curl.  In the process one easily loses sight of the true end product – the overall self.  I found that out for myself, recently. Here’s my story.

I am a fit person.  I do a few exercises when I get up every morning, and take regular breaks from sitting at my desk while at work.  I have six small meals throughout the day, lots of veggies, some meat, lots of organic food, drink lots of fluids, juice, eat out maybe once/twice a month, socially dance a couple times a week, cycle, go jogging, hike quite a bit in the summer and increase my dancing to compensate for the cold in the winter, have weights that I use at home, do Tai Chi….You get the picture?

Yet my legs are tight from years earlier of lots of running as a kid without investing in stretching/flexibility, when I didn’t know any better.  And using machines for weights have built asymmetries in strength.  Nothing that I think that the average person can notice, and while I knew about these things I did not think it made a big deal.  After all it is normal for a person to favor the dominant hand, to have one side a little stronger.  And if I was tight I thought I was working on it…

Then this year I invested in one on one personal training. I told the people coaching me that I wanted to make sure that I had a strong symmetrical foundation.  Here’s one example. When I did the dumb bell row just minutely changing changing my form with the left row – not allowing my non-dominant left shoulder to drop a fraction of a cm – engaged my back to the same extent as my dominant right.  Nothing that any of my gym buddies ever noticed, or even I myself, for that matter.  However, having someone focusing on my form, correcting and showing me visually the small differences has had a significant impact. No cheating allowed!  Oh, and for the time being I no longer participate or even have time to include the standards of the average Joe, such as bench press, bicep curls, and sit-ups.

Having one-on-one attention makes a significant difference no matter what you do for fitness whether it be yoga, or resistance training.  It is definitely better to do something, rather then nothing, but consider a little one-on-one attention in some way shape or form and see the difference that it can make today.

A quick shameless plug.  If you are interested in partner dance, which is a great way to get fitter while socializing, I teach partner dance.  You can contact me @ Alegria Dance.