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The Risk of ‘Beach’ Muscle Training
All of us want to look our best when the seasons change, the temperatures soar and the shirts are ready to come off. While many of us focus on our chest and arms, biceps and triceps, revealing hard worked bodies we’re proud to show off, those targeted areas we work on may attract the most eyeballs. Neglecting other areas can be dire in maintaining proper health and form, and cause serious injury that will bring our gains to a sudden halt.
Stronger bodies with no blind spots
Balanced training is an important part of general health and wellbeing, ensuring that all body parts are treated equally. This also means that a proportionate body type can support strength training in all areas and muscle groups more consistently, with no weaknesses holding you back.
Bulging muscles, bigger stress
A lesser-known fun fact? Beefing up your physique in some areas while neglecting others can ruin your muscular balance, putting strain on your frame which can ruin your posture. This may increase the chances of causing an injury during training.
If we neglect our rhomboids in favour of the ‘mirror muscles’ like our overworked lats and traps can lead to injuries galore. Weak rhomboids can lead to a weak foundation to support resistance training, putting unsupported strain on your biceps, shoulder and upper back region. Ouch!
Calves to carve out pain
Know those blokes that seem to always skip leg day? Maybe you’re one of them too? Yes, plenty of men like to focus their strength training on above the waist, but here’s why that’s a waste. The often neglected calves are vital to provide explosive power, supporting us in movements with jumping and quick changes of direction.
Bench press hunchback
If you’re clocking in the time on the bench and getting tight pecs without putting in the work in your upper back, this can be catastrophic for your posture, causing an over rounded spine. Rear deltoid work balances out your chest and fixes alignment in your stance.
Core isn’t just for fighters
For the MMA aficionados to tennis and rugby lovers, obliques are crucial to developing strength and in our abs to hold diverse ranges of motion yet are often neglected when grunting away in the gym.
For healthy calves, try the double or single-leg calf raise, or work on toning them through climbing, ball sports, step classes, or swimming for low-impact strength building, particularly if you’re still in recovery. Rear delts love rowing, face pulls, bent over rear lateral cable raises and the standing reserve cable fly. Obliques can be strengthened with side planks, adding rotation, leg raises and rows for some variation to your routine.
While working on some muscles mightn’t be as show stopping as others, don’t stunt your growth by overlooking the importance of all vital components to your frame. If you’re passionate about educating others on the power and perils of strength training, discover our personal training and fitness courses to give you a career you’ll always look forward to on Mondays. Call ACFB on 1300 002 232!