It feels good to feel good right?! Today was one of those days when it felt really good to hit the gym. I wasn’t rushed for time (for once). I felt strong. I felt powerful. Like I could achieve anything. And do you know what…?! You can bet your bottom dollar it was down to my recovery day yesterday (and the general shift in focus in my training towards more and more functional training) why I felt so empowered. Why I felt so strong. Spending that extra time on recovery and mobility meant that my body moved better. It felt happier going to places that I pushed it.
Incorporating both strength and mobility into a programme means that you come out of your sessions not feeling completely beaten up. Don’t get me wrong it was a frikin tough leg session! BUT crucially one focussed not only on building strength but also movement. Train smarter, not harder. What’s the point in lifting heavy if you don’t have the form to back it up? Why do we lift? Sure the aesthetics are great but what happens when you’re older? I sure as hell want to keep this body moving, willing and able to handle whatever life throws at me. Run faster. Jump higher. I want be able to lift my child high in the air , swing them about, run after them (alright I’m not there quite yet! But you get the picture). All these things fundamentally need movement. Don’t take your body for granted. Give it time and energy. Let it recover, then go and smash you sessions better than you ever have done before.
For those interested, my session looked like this today, try it for yourself!…..
Lower Body Strength and Mobility Circuit
2-3 rounds depending on time
- Resistance Band Clams x 20-30
- Resistance Banded Fire Hydrants 20-30
- Single Leg Bridges 20 (per leg)
3-4 sets x 8-12 Reps (for hypertrophy) or 1-2 sets x 15-20 Reps (for Endurance)
- Resistance band walks (to the right and left)
- Bulgarian Split Squats
- Cable oblique woodchops
- Plie Goblet Squat
- Wildthings bringing knee to opposite elbow first (both directions)
Let me know how you get on or if you have any questions! Lets move better and stronger!
Hope you’re having a wonderful week.
Sending health & happiness,