Use the Workout that Works for You!

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Question: I have several guys at my gym who train with full body movements in circuits and they look good and seem pretty strong. I do a more conventional workout that includes some full body exercises and I use isolation exercises as well. I do my cardio a couple days a week and am satisfied with my results. These guys are continually telling how I am wasting my time doing “old school workouts” and how I need to change. Is the system they use really that good and am I really wasting my time?
Answer: No, you’re not wasting your time. I am very familiar with the training system you described, we use it as well. I am also familiar with the attitude of the “experts” who tout that current style of training. It is certainly effective and is designed to translate very well into “real-life” situations and movements. It combines strength, explosiveness and endurance into a nice package. However, it is not the “end-all, do-all” workout for everyone. It was designed initially for use by the military, police and firefighters. Some aspects of it can be tailored for athletic use. It can be very physically and mentally demanding and can be used effectively for weight loss or weight control. Just remember that it’s not for everybody nor is it the only way to train.
Training can be and should be individually tailored to avoid irritating injuries or causing injuries and should fit into the lifestyle of the person. Some people just don’t want to train in that style, with that intensity and some simply can’t. One example of the way of thinking is that an isolation exercise like the leg extension is a waste of time. Well, if the leg extension works for you, then use it. Ignore the fact that according to the experts it doesn’t translate into real-life situations. Ask yourself what is the purpose of the exercise. It is designed to strengthen the quadriceps. Does the exercise effectively accomplish that purpose? Certainly. It’s not an exercise that you should go extremely heavy with, it’s not the only exercise you should do, but it does strengthen your legs which helps you to run faster and jump higher.
Exercise systems are like diets. There are plenty to choose from and all will work to some capacity for as long as you can live with it. The “experts” who live and breathe one particular workout all maintain the same attitude that their way is the only way to train. The reality is that all workouts have advantages to them and disadvantages as well. The ideal method is to learn and use a workout system to determine it’s advantages and disadvantages and incorporate the best of it as one aspect of training. If you find a workout you like and it fits your lifestyle, psyche and physical needs then use it for as long as it is effective for you.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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