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.
Training is not a competition
If you're treating every training session like a competition against your lifting partners you will be wiped out every time you actually need to use what you're working for. The best athletes in the world don't grind themselves down every time they step into the gym. They design their programming around progressively building the skills and their ability to perform at their best when it is actually necessary.
Modifying your exercises is a great way to break out of the habit of comparing your performance to others in training. By giving yourself a unique twist on an exercise based on your personal goals, you can better focus on improving in the ways that are important for your performance.
Next up: How to Modify. See what to consider when you're choosing the right modification for your goals.
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