Todays ‘Fitness’ movement has regarded isolation to be the key to strength training. If you walk into any gym today you will see people training a certain muscle of the human body by isolating it. Such equipment and exercises has been created to fulfill these requirements like the Leg Press, Bicep Curls, Military Shoulder Press etc.
However this bodybuilding style of training cannot be transferred in the real world. This is because when push comes to shove and you’re in a situation that demands real ‘functional strength’ this isolation crap will never work. There are many reasons to state why your muscles are meant for ‘go’ not ‘show’ but the most important one is that the human body was meant to work in one go and not in pieces. Another important question asked today is “What is the most important muscle in the human body”. The answer is none.
The most underrated idea in the so called ‘fitness’ industry is that of compound exercises. Whether we know it or not “Strength is the foundation of the Human Body” and everything else like Flexibility, Mobility etc. are important as well but without strength the human body will collapse and perish.
Take a new born baby for example, a few weeks after the baby has been born it begins to move it’s body around slowly. Overtime as it grows older it begins to start crawling, standing up while holding an object and eventually they start walking. So what is the catalyst to all this mobility?
It is strength. This is the foundation of the human body that enables us to move and function effectively on a day-to-day basis. Depending from person to person the level of strength will vary and over time it will determine how healthy you are. So in order to improve your health we get told to start working out and lifting weights. This is actually wrong. I explained earlier why isolation techniques won’t help in the real world.
Weight training does help improve strength but isolation techniques will only worsen the situation. The answer is compound exercises. These types of exercises utilize every inch of the human body and work every muscle in the human body. Such exercises include Pushups, Pull-ups, Squats, Dips and Planks.