by Dan Jimenez & Ryan Humphries
Community. It’s not just the latest buzzword. It’s more than just a fad. It’s not just one of the core values at Axistence, it’s something that could literally save your life. A solid community could add years to your life and life to your years.
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Around the world, there are these areas where it’s not uncommon to find humans living well into their 90’s and 100’s in excellent health. Six of these areas have been studied extensively and are referred to as “Blue Zones.” Researchers have been studying the people in these areas for years, hoping to uncover the secret formula for longevity. What is it that keeps people healthy and happy for a century?
A couple days ago we talked about how we offer a modification option for workouts, so people can customize their WOD for their skill level, fitness level, work around injuries or meet a specific goal. Key point: You aren't getting less of a workout if you modify. Seriously: No good comes from forcing yourself to do the "harder" version if the modification suits you better. Your ego is not your amigo.
Here are a few more things to consider when choosing whether and how to modify a skill.
Consider Your Skill Set
Oftentimes correct technique is the most challenging aspect of a movement. The limiting factor for something like a barbell snatch is more likely to be in your efficiency of movement, rather than your actual strength. If you don't yet have the form necessary for a lift to be effective, you're not doing yourself any favors by forcing yourself to learn it in the middle of a workout.
There is a time, and a place to learn new exercises. Modifying to something like a dumbbell snatch in this situation would actually allow you to have a harder workout by focusing on your strength instead of slowing you down with more technique.
Respect Your Recovery
Accommodating an injury is usually an obvious reason to modify; pain is a pretty strong signal to change behavior. But recovery takes time. It can be easy to take on too much too soon when you're eager to get back at it. If you are injured, your first responsibility is to heal the damaged tissue, and possibly correct the movement patterns that got you into this position. Refusing to modify an exercise that aggravates your condition flies in the face of the whole purpose of going to the gym, and quite literally places short-term satisfaction above achieving long-term goals. Just don't do it.
Use the Equipment You Have
At the end of the day, maybe you just don't have access to a certain tool. This doesn't mean that you should throw the whole workout out the window. Many times, great insights may be gleaned from forcing yourself to do things in new ways, resulting in increased efficiency. Dumbbells, for instance, impart unique adaptations compared to barbells. What you may compromise in overall strength, you make up for in stability, which could later increase your actual ability when you return to using a barbell.
The point is, don't get caught-up in thinking that one tool is superior to any other in the grand scheme of things. A balanced physique takes the best of all modalities that each serve to improve upon the others.
Still don't believe me!? Check out Coach Ryan's explanation:
by Jake Lott, Coach
At Axistence, we offer modifications to exercises, so you can choose the right movement for your level of fitness, to work around injuries or to help you meet a goal. But too many people do themselves a disservice by viewing the modified option as having less of an impact on your fitness. In an effort to better compare their performance against their peers in the short-term, people might refuse to accept an alternative that may actually improve their long-term ability. Don't be that guy! (Or woman!)
Modifying exercises are a great way to customize your workouts based on your individual goals, your skill set or your injuries.
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