Friday, April 8, 2011

Train Like A Human

Sometimes I see people working out, and even trainers training their clients in a manner that wasn't meant for humans. I am not sure what animal that its meant for, to lay on the ground and lift my own leg up and down or hold a balance ball over my head and run in place. Looking at how we look now, we wouldn't know it but we are the fittest and most evolved of all animals. We have all this untapped genetic potential. They say we haven't tapped into our full brain potential? What about our full body's potential?

Not only did we for the majority of existence chase animals until they were exhausted, we then still had the strength to kill it, defend it from would be scavengers and other humans, and then drag it's heavy carcass home. If we gathered food, our radius that we gathered in was so large, and once the food was gathered, they had to be also able to carry all that food back. Not only enough food for themselves, enough food for a long time, enough food for their tribe. We look at serving sizes now, back then it was all communal and we had to share our food. Outside of that we rested.

You look at how people train now, it is way too long, not nearly intense enough, and no prescribed rest times. Certain muscles on humans got large for a reason and a majority of the time people don't even work their large muscles. We still can control the expression of genes, evolution gave us big legs and hips, will we now work against nature and try to give ourselves big biceps and small legs?

We not only had strong legs, we were the only ones with a strong enough and complex spinal and core system that allowed us to stay upright, to give us vertical advantage. Not only that it freed up our arms, and we had strong upper bodies meant to wield tools and weapons, even fling weapons. We look at wild animals now and think we would stand no chance against them. But in reality, throughout history, we did, we did better, we thrived. We were more mobile, had more range of motion, had free hands, could use a tool, use our brain, hunt in a pack.

I mentioned it in a post before, how a cheetah isn't strong enough to defend it's prey after the chase. When we see animals fight, we see them only fight for a few seconds, or a minute, then they are tired. If you watch MMA, humans can fight for 25 minutes! Back when there were no time limits, there are recorded fights lasting several hours. Do you train like a human being? Really? Does your trainer train you like one? Do you train like the pinnacle of animal evolution? Can you lift your own body weight? Run for a long distance and still have enough left to create explosive power? Can you generate explosive thrust? Torque? Can you lift heavy things with your arms? Can you lift it over your head? A real human has never lifted something light over their head a bunch of times and patted themselves on their back. A real human never jogged lightly forever. They chased or were chased. If you have been working out forever and you still can't lift your body weight up over a pull up bar several times or be able to hold at least double your body weight with your legs, man or woman and you are physically able, then you are not training like a human. I can't even insult an animal by naming one you may be training like, you are just training like something weak that would have died off by now.

We can ride waves and climb mountains. Animals can do that also, but what animal can do both? Only us. We can also run far and lift heavy things! We are supposed to be awesome. We are supposed to be...

About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Personal Trainer, Coach, Performane Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.
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