Exercise & The Earth diet
"Most machines make the muscles stronger, but not stronger together" - 2 thin, 2 fat call Patrick!
The Earth diet focuses on a machine free lifestyle - using what the earth naturally provides. This can also apply to exercise.
The Earth Diet creator Liana Werner-Gray prefers to experience exercises that use less machinery and more body like yoga, surfing, dancing and running.
For gym expertise we train with Patrick! Meet Patrick - who has been a personal trainer for 3 years and spent 20 years with the NYC police department, and retired from the police department as a Sergeant.
Handing it over to Pat now who will share some simple exercise tips.
Hi everyone! I am a CHEK institute exercise coach at Big Al's Family Fitness.The CHEK institute (CHEK instiute.com) teaches functional exercises. Functional exercises are exercises you can take from the gym and use in real life. These exercises use most of the bodily muscles and make the muscles strong together. Most machines make the muscles stronger but not stronger together.
My form of training clients is called 'functional training'. What that means is I use exercises that can be taken from the gym and used in the clients real life, which includes their work enviroment. An example would the the squat. People squat all day, getting in and out of chairs, picking up children and grocery bags from the floor and getting in and out of cars. The machine equivalent is the leg press. People do not, in mormal activities, lie on their back and push their legs in the air with resistance.
There are two other problems with machines. One, all they work are the prime movers. The stabalizer muscles are not activated because the movement on the machines are too restrictive. Second, they generally work one body part at a time, where functional training works many body parts at a time. It is good to have strong muscles but it is better to have strong muscles that are strong together.
A machine that I frequently use is the cable machine. This is a useful tool because, by using a cable, it gives unrestrictive movement so your body is forced to use the smaller stabilizer muscles. Not to say machines are never good. Machines are useful in a rehabilitative setting and can be functional in a work enviroment (ex bodybuilding or power lifting). Another time I would use a machine is when a client really wants to bulk up. I would put the client on a machine after the functional exercises.
I believe that my form of training corelates very closely to "The Earth diet." In "The Earth diet," people are taught what is naturally available to them and what they are meant to eat; eating organic and locally grown. In functional training I teach people to exercise the way developmental man moved and how we are meant to move.