Fitness and diet trends have come and gone more times than you could count in the last few decades. Since people realized that they need to get in shape and work out to be fit, thousands of programs, products, and diets have made their way through our lives. But a few things have not changed, such as the proper way of doing your workouts. Here are some ways that workouts remain the same even after decades:
Functional Training Matters
Whether you do CrossFit, strength training, or HIIT training, it’s likely focused on developing functional strength, not just huge muscles. While there are many people that lift weights just to bulk up, smart people know that functional strength is the most important kind. For decades, coaches and trainers have been helping people to develop the strength that they are able to use in their activities of daily life!
Circuit Training Works
It may have started way back in the 1950s, but it has remained a part of our workouts ever since. The simple training program of “push, pull, lower body” exercises helps to work every muscle group in the body all in one day, giving you a functional strength workout that works. Circuit workouts are still incredibly useful and practical!
Kettlebell Training for Variety
Did you know that the Russians used kettlebells as far back as the 1700s? They were used to weigh crops, but once we realized how effective they could be for a workout, they were definitely here to stay! Not only are kettlebells effective for a more dynamic workout, but they help you to improve both your strength and explosive power. It forces the core to work as well as the upper and lower body muscles, making kettlebell training the perfect addition to your workout routine.
Emphasis on Multi-Joint Movement
Why is the Bench Press the go-to exercise for chest? Why do people still do Pull-Ups as the ideal workout for back muscles? Why are Squats and Lunges the ideal? It’s because these multi-joint movements are still the best option to help you build solid muscle mass. Even after decades of building new machines and fitness gear, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned multi-joint strength building movement to pack on the pounds of muscle.
When it comes to getting fit, there’s nothing more effective at burning fat than cardio. While strength training activates your body’s fat burning furnace, you need to keep your heart rate up by doing cardio if you want to keep the fat burning. Heart rate training has been around for nearly 50 years, and it will continue to persist until science finds a better way to get rid of fat!
Sports Training Works
Sports training has been around for as long as there have been sports played, which means THOUSANDS of years–dating back to the ancient Greeks and beyond. Though many of the sports played throughout history have gone the way of the dodo bird, sport-specific training is still the key to improving your performance on the court or field. Boxing training helps boxers to improve their speed, skill, and striking power, plyometric training helps basketball players to jump higher, and sprint training helps soccer players to run faster and for longer. Sports training will continue to exist for as long as there are sports to play, and people–not just profession athletes, but amateurs as well–will continue to train simply for love of the game!