WHAT ARE THE BEST EXERCISES FOR YOU?

 What are the best exercises for me?

It's a question that comes up often and I've found it's best answered in one word: 

Yes.

No, it's not that I've misheard the question. It's that inquiring about which exercises are the best is like asking for the perfect pizza topping or which haircut style reigns supreme. Ultimately, it comes down to equal parts appropriate application and personal preference.  Therefore, the best exercises for you will be the exercises you enjoy doing and are willing to make the time for in your schedule.  

For long term success in training it's important to understand what makes an exercise a wise choice for you. And which exercises may not be the best option.

Rather than forcing yourself to train a certain way, a simpler and more effective approach is to learn exercises that complement you. You will find that your training becomes more enjoyable and that your fitness goals can be achieved with less struggle and effort.

So how can you figure out if you are training needs an upgrade to be better suited to you?

Try asking yourself the following questions the next time you approach an exercise used in your training program:

Who?  Who is this exercise for? Is it appropriate for your ability, your health and your fitness goals?

What?  What are you trying to achieve with this exercise? Is it the best "tool" you know of to accomplish this?

When?  When's the best time to use this drill? Is it in preparation for running your half marathon or three days after returning from your month long vacation?

Why?  And most importantly, why is this exercise a good choice for you?

If you take a moment to ponder these questions, you will find it easier to choose exercises that will allow you to achieve your fitness goals while staying healthy, resilient and pain free. Best of luck!

In Strength,

Michael Panarella

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