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Little Changes, Big Results

Posted Sep 04 2013 8:00am
It might be hard to swallow, but you can’t expect different results if you keep doing the same. Easy to accept, but it’s still tough to practice. It can be difficult to shake up the status quo when you juggle daily life, so it is much easier to stick with the same exercise routine you know and enjoy. But this mindset just adds to your frustration of not seeing new results from your hard work. You know something needs to change, but what? And how do you go about it? Breaking the exercise plateau can be easier than what you think. “The reality is that ALL muscles work together to create and control movement. Making a small change in body position, stance, hold, equipment, among others variables, can change how forces are transmitted and used throughout the body,” explains Pete McCall, CSCS, personal trainer at Function First in San Diego. Indeed, just a simple adjustment here and there—like where you place your feet in a push-up—can make the same exercise harder by changing the stress and thereby bring about different results to your workout. “Muscles are designed to work in a manner that most efficiently carries out a given movement pattern,” [...]
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