The “Good” Exercise Complex

When I used to work at a health club one of the most popular questions I was asked was what good ab exercises I knew. I humored people, not wanting to go into lecture mode, but deep down I knew that they were in search of more than just a “good ab exercise.”

Now when I’m working in my studio I’m tired of hearing my clients say, oh that’s a good exercise. That’s like saying, “Oh that’s a good hammer” to a construction worker, or “The last cut you made with your scissors was amazing” to a hair stylist. Just doing “good” exercises doesn’t mean that you’ll get amazing results.

What’s wrong with having good exercises? Nothing really, but they are only one part of a much larger whole. Take the hair stylist as an example. You wouldn’t be very happy if she just made one cut to your hair; that’s not what a hair cut is. She needs to use multiple techniques and tools to achieve the best results possible. Construction workers have hammers, nails, screw drivers, saws, and on and on, with each tool having a specific task that no other tool can complete.

Not a complete hair cut

Picking only good exercises is like this kids hair

When it comes to fitness the same rules that apply to other jobs are left in the dust. Instead of asking, “What system can I implement to reach my goal,” we ask, “what is the best tool?” and because of the massive variety of tools there is no best exercise. If I were to give you a list of my best ab exercises, and your goal was to lose 20 lbs and have a six pack those exercises would not lead you to your goal.

Fitness is based off of systems. Our best tools aren’t single exercises, those are just the nails, screws, and saw bits that we use to drive home our programming. To lose 20lbs and see a six pack is going to be done through hard energy system work (intervals, high weight work, etc), and a specific eating program not just by compiling as many good exercises as possible.

I want you to ask yourself this: are you’ just looking for good exercises or are you making specific strides towards a specific goal? Write down what steps you are going to take, so that when you step into the gym you are prepared. The worst thing you can do is show up to the gym and say, “I guess I’m going to do all the good ab (biceps, chest, insert your favorite body part here) exercises.” That’s one of the fastest ways to see the same you in 30 days.

What I want you to see is that working out isn’t just about getting moving. To see the results you want quick you’ve got to work with a complete program, or even better have someone else do it for you.

-Kian

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