This is a very important article.
If you do ANY exercise regularly (not just The Accumulator) I urge you to try this. I was in the gym this morning ahead of my first client doing some exercises for myself. A lady who was working out near me asked what I was training for. My answer was I am training for life. Now that may seem like a totally ridiculous answer but bear with me on this.
Ask yourself the same question. What are you training for?
Your first answer will not be the correct one, in fact you probably won't get the right answer until you've dug a little deeper. Let me give you an example.
Q: What are you training for? A: to lose weight.
Q: Why? A: Because I want to feel healthy.
Q: Why? A: So I can live longer.
Q: Why? A: So I can see my children grow up and I can play with my grandchildren.
Q: Why? A: Because that will give me a better quality of life.
Q: What are you training for? A: A better quality of life.
Try that for yourself now. Ask yourself the first question and keep digging until you reach the real answer. The result may even surprise you. Ultimately we are all exercising for the same thing. To improve our quality of life when we are not exercising. We all want a better quality of life, we all want to be able to move with ease, feel confident about ourselves and remain free from illness.
Now ask yourself another question.
Are the things you're doing helping you achieve that big why?
Many people don't really think about exercise in this way but it's important. If you're not doing the right things your not working towards that big why.
Let's take one exercise in particular as an example; the bicep curl. It's one of the most popular exercises in the gym, I see people doing them on a daily basis. But it is totally useless in the outside world. There is nowhere outside a gym you will ever see anyone standing still and bending their elbows to lift a weight up to their shoulder in that way. Your biceps are very useful but they are designed to work as a team in conjunction with other muscles to do every day tasks (like opening a jar, using a screwdriver or lifting a box). They never work alone. Think about it for a minute, if you can come up with an example of something you do that looks like a bicep curl (apart from a bicep curl) please tell me.
So if you currently include bicep curls in your exercise routine, why are you doing them? If your objective is to get bigger biceps then they are a great way to do this. But why do you want bigger biceps in the first place?
The Accumulator is built around exercises that help you to live better. Every exercise is chosen carefully and has a direct connection with the way we move every day. The Accumulator is also a short workout and that's pretty important too. Many people feel they need to exercise for an hour or more each day but that's not always necessary. I want you to get the most benefit from exercise in as little time as possible so you can go and live the life that you are training for. The Accumulator is designed to help you achieve that ultimate goal, to have a better quality of life.
Whatever you're doing, in or out of the gym remember to ask yourself the big question and I promise that your time spent exercising will become much more rewarding and more beneficial to your quality of life.