This post is more of an open discussion. Feel free to share your thoughts/views, I’m interested in all opinions.
The other day I was having a conversation with a client. This client doesn’t enjoy single leg exercises. In fact if she had her way she would probably only do hip thrusts and glute exercises. Luckily she has me to advise her otherwise. Anyway let’s stay on topic. I explained to her that in my opinion you can’t only do the exercises you like if you want to make progress.
As much as my social media may suggest I don’t just go to the gym squat, bench and deadlift. If it was my choice my workouts would probably be squat, deadlift, chin ups and over head press. Those are the exercises I like. (Notice I didn’t say bench…) However, I still do additional exercises to compliment those and to make sure I look like I lift. Also from an injury prevention standpoint it is a lot easier to pick up overuse injuries when you only train the same movements so variation is also good to help reduce that risk.
A lot of the time exercises people don’t like are ones that they probably should be doing. No one likes a Bulgarian split squat but it is one of the best lower body exercises you can do in my opinion when done correctly. Personally I’ve seen more balance to my quads since single leg training was added to regime. Furthermore only working with the same exercises probably won’t give you a very well rounded physique. Everyone who goes to the gym cares about how they look.
In one sense there could be an argument that as long as you are doing something it’s better than nothing and this is true. However I still point to the fact everyone cares how they look. So if you are already in the gym you may as well do some of what I call the “fluffy stuff” to give you a well rounded physique.
So my question is do you agree with my thinking or do you think you should go to the gym and do what you like? Comment below