A new, fresh-face group of Kenzai Body trainees started earlier this month, and as a trainer, I often enjoy looking back at old lessons from that program. Reading these lessons takes me back.
When I was going through Kenzai Body, I often wondered, “were they reading my mind!” or “that lesson was quite timely!!!”
One lesson that struck a chord with me recently was a lesson about 'Stimulating Muscle'. It's important for those new to training, and those that have been training for years. It's a lesson about maximizing your efficiency when training.
Here is a refresher.
*When working out, try to visualize the muscle group you are working." If you are doing otter kicks, and feeling them in your neck, then something just ain’t right. Focus instead on the area most stimulated by the exercise... in this case, the lower abdominals.
*Don’t just “go through the motions” of the workout. Really take your time and focus on getting a good burn. Minimize the rest time between sets and hit it hard, even going for failure on that final set! You're in charge of your own body. make sure you put it to good use.
*Focus on form." Too often we go back to what habits have been engrained over the years, some of which might not be ideal. Having a coach or friend watch you, doing exercises in the mirror, or even videoing yourself exercising can be helpful in correcting form deficiencies.
*Don’t be afraid to ask a Kenzai trainer for advice; they're there to help." There are some really great exercises offered up each week, perhaps exercises you had not seen on programs before. Variety is the spice of life and also a key to increasing your overall fitness. If you keep doing the same exercises over and over your body will specifically adapt to those exercises and they will gradually lose effectiveness over time.
Just remember, stimulating muscle is an important part of any fitness journey. Get that right and that furnace will be burning hot and will allow you to do the activities that you really enjoy!
By: Jim Matt