Stand Up!!

Posted on 06. Oct, 2008 by in Back to Health, Fitness, Muscle Building

Sometimes I just have to rant. This is one of those times. Too many times, I see people that are desperate to lose fat, gain muscle, or correct dysfunctions. Yet, they do all of the wrong stuff.

Now if you don’t know, you don’t know. The kicker is that these same people do know better because they have been told.

I watched a man the other day (a guy who I once trained) go through an entire circuit and never once did an exercise on his feet.

When I trained him, he never sat down. We did squats, lunges, dead lifts, standing presses, standing core work (yes, you don’t really need to do crunches) and many other exercises…on the feet.

He was in the best shape of his life. Yet now, he is back to old habits, getting weaker, in pain and has gained about 10 pounds.

I just don’t get it sometimes. We are on our butts all day at work or at home, and when people finally have a chance to workout, release stress, get stronger, correct imbalances and get fit, they choose to sit, yet again!

Do yourself a favor, if you are currently doing a strength or fitness program and any of the exercises have you sitting down, replace them with standing exercises and see how much more you get from your workout.

If you are trying to lose fat, the last thing you need to be is sitting. If you are trying to get stronger, sitting is not going to get you there. If you are an athlete, you should rarely sit during your training.

If you need replacement exercises, send me a comment on this blog. I will be more than happy to give you replacement exercises that you can do.

I always say, anything you do sitting can be replaced by a much better standing exercise.

Stand up and make a change.

4 Responses to “Stand Up!!”

  1. Doug Groce, CSCS

    06. Oct, 2008

    You may have mastered the art of the rant – but that definitely needed to be said.

    Since you asked, what about a quality standing exercise to replace the Lat Pulldown (for clients too hefty to do chin/pull-ups).?

  2. Jamie Morton

    08. Oct, 2008

    Some people, though, need the stability of sitting, at least in the beginning. I’m always careful to keep progression in mind (ever since I knocked a client over by putting her on a stability ball before she was ready for it).

  3. Keith Scott

    09. Oct, 2008

    In the context of this blog article, I would have the do standing pull downs, if possible. I do this with my “less-trained” clients. Load the weight and make them stand while they pull. It creates a great resistance from both the pulling and the fight to stay in one place.

    For those that are trained and actually training the right way, I have no problem sitting them down for an exercise like this as long as they are on their feet more than not.

  4. Keith Scott

    09. Oct, 2008

    Jamie, I agree to a point. I still make all of my clients that have balance and stability issues do “on your feet” work. Of course, spotting and making sure they are safe is the priority, so good coaches will ensure this.

    I have seen balance and stability improve a lot just by making them work on their feet.

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