Rant - Spot Training
So I was clicking through my continuing ed stuff and newsletter from the organization I am certified through (the American Council on Exercise.) Great organization - I'm proud to be certified through them. But here's what I see as one of the articles...
Oh. My. God. Are you freaking kidding me?? What year is this 1989? Does Jane Fonda want to do some leg lifts with me???
I facepalmed and started writing...
Articles with titles like this are problematic.
There's so much about this clickbait title that makes me TIRED. ARE WE STILL REALLY THINKING THAT SPECIFIC LUNGE VARIATIONS CAN MAKE YOUR LEGS LEANER? Seriously?
Here's the deal. Ready? 1) Spot exercising is a hoax designed to get you to loathe your bod. YOUR BODY IS A BEAUTIFUL MACHINE MEANT TO BE CARED FOR...
2) Spot Exercising is a marketing gimmick. These exercises included in the article ARE great exercises to do, and doing them will make you stronger...that upping of your strength may make your whole body leaner, not just your legs.
3) The size of the muscles of your legs are determined by two things:
b) How much load you are putting on your legs (more load, more muscular legs)
4) Your size in general is a combination of your activity level and what you eat and how much sleep you get and your stress level.
So...unhook from this kind of crap. It's designed to make you click and it's designed to make you want to 'fix' your body. You don't need to be fixed. You are perfect as you are. Making choices that positively affect your health? That's different than saying, "my tummy is too big, do more situps" or "my legs are big, do more lunges."
Here's some great information from ACE I used to write this Strength Manifesto! Enjoy.