The Drive to Stay in The Game Dec11


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The Drive to Stay in The Game

Monica Fink, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Shows You How to Keep The Drive to Stay In The Game!

Whether you have been working out with weights for a while now or you’re just getting started with a fitness routine, there are two main concerns that most of us encounter eventually – monotony (i.e., boredom) and plateaus, be it with regards to weight loss or strength gains. 

Either of these can wreak havoc on our drive to stay in the game. An important strategy that helps prevent both of these occurrences is cross-training, but this term is often misunderstood. 

This is what the pros do to ‘keep the spice’ in the relationship, so-to-speak. You see, cross-training utilizes a variety of exercise types performed throughout any given week or even a month.  For example, I might cycle twice a week, hit the weights two to three times a week and perhaps enjoy a hike up North Mountain on the weekend. 

This approach can definitely keep my workouts “fresh”.  It also helps my efforts from plateauing by not doing the same thing five to six days a week.  I will definitely improve in each area over time, but without running the risk of my body adapting so quickly that I have to exponentially increase my intensity or duration.

One of the strategies I employ with my clients is cross-training within the “sport” of weight-training or body-building.  You can easily incorporate this into your own gym routine.  In addition to the traditional dumbbell, barbell and machine-assisted exercises, it is important to include body weight exercises and calisthenics.  

These types of movements develop muscular endurance which over time catapults muscular strength when performing low rep range sets or attempting a new max weight.  I often include them in the form of super-sets during a weight-training session.  Examples include: endless variations of push-ups, pull-ups, tricep dips, body weight squats, plyometrics, reverse pull-ups, renegade rows, pistol squats, split squats, lunges, planks, etc. So mix it up and BE WELL!


MONICA FINK –  Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
PHONE: 480.600.0848