When you first decided you wanted to be stronger and more mobile, think of how you felt. You were probably feeling invigorated, confident, and determined. Maybe even a little aggressive.
That burning desire probably led you to a “balls-to-the-wall” style of strength training. It probably also led you to pursue heavier weights aggressively–at the expense of your quality of movement.
Many people (especially trainers) put a lot of emphasize on the amount of pounds they lift (or kgs).
The truth is, that is a very shortsighted way to do it. By emphasizing weight (or reps, even) you end up missing a lot of awesome potential benefit.
In fact, it’s probably quite a bit smarter to get a training stimulus with as little weight as possible.
Crazy I know.
There’s actually a way you can build strength, mobility, and enhance the health of your joints, all at the same time.
It’s just really hard to do. Not just for your body, but for your ego.
Today I want to discuss the secrets of SPEED TRAINING.
No, we’re not going to get out some agility ladders and tap dance around–we are going to go slow.
Like painfully slow.
Learning a new skill, whether that is playing a song, or doing a chinup, is made up of the same process. You need to OWN the movement.
The BEST way to do this, is to go slow.
It’s very common for people to develop compensations when they are so focused on high-speed all the time.
Today I present a major challenge to you, and that’s to perform some of your normal “easy” exercises…
…at a rate of 1 rep per MINUTE.
Squat, Split Squat, Single Leg Deadlift, Push-Up, Pull-Up, Row—these are all great options.
Watch this video for a thorough explanation and methods to overcome plateaus and eliminate movement dysfunction with speed training.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes in the comments!
Better Every Day,