Get Back to Fitness Basics

Ready To Get Back To Fitness Basics?

Listen, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with adding tons of variety to your fitness routine, I actually recommend modifying your routine and introducing new exercises. As I’ve said before, change and modification is a must if you want to see results… just not at the sacrifice of those basic workouts and exercises that are responsible for creating build a strong foundation in fitness. There is a point where you have to go back to the basics.
Is it cool to do all sorts of dumbbell and balance ball acrobatics? Sure. Very impressive. But don’t lose sight of the fundamental workouts that have carried human fitness since the days of the Roman Gladiators.
This is especially important to understand today as we have access to so much fitness inspiration. You don’t have to look far to find amazing athletes performing never before seen workouts that quickly become a new training style. Workouts are getting complex, that’s great as we should constantly aim to challenge the body. Strive for better, introduce those challenging workouts; just not at the expense of those basic exercises that got you to that level.
It really comes down to one thing, results. Think about it this way, take a typical gym-rat that’s got an above average build but never seems to “get there” in terms of overall body conditioning.
They just never really reach their goals.
They hit a certain plateau, and while highly variable and muscularly engaging their method may be, it can only bring their physique to a certain level.
You know, that guy who’s at the gym 5 days a week and looks pretty good but for some reason his chest and muscles refuse to grow. Or the faithful gym-class-gal that hits all the metabolic conditioning and fit-dance classes, but never seems to get her thighs and waist to where she wants them to be.

The Essential SIX Exercises

Here’s a list of exercises that should be considered the core of your program. There are of course variations and progressions to each of these, but your core workouts should not be neglected.

  • Squat | Lunges
  • Deadlifts
  • Bench Press | Push Ups
  • Reverse Bent Over Row
  • Pull-Ups
  • Sprints

Those are the fundamentals. Although sprinting is not for the beginner, the benefits and importance of this exercise are huge. Once you master those six workouts, then and only then should you add those advanced exercises that give a person bragging rights.

Omar J. Nasouri

Omar has been a personal fitness trainer and weight loss consultant since 1997. He is currently certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and holds a Bs degree in Kinesiology (emphasizing in fitness, nutrition and health) from SDSU. If you're interested in personal training in the San Diego area, visit Fitness 4 San Diego

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