....National or local chains...I have seen very few that encourage proper form or movement control/awareness.
I could go crazy on all the crap I see happening. I go in there to get a little cardio, and its like walking into a torture chamber. No one seems to know what they are doing, or why. No one seems to have the current CORRECT information on how the body works. With all the info you can now get on your phones these days, Im shocked and amazed. But instead of bitching, Im going to do something.
Im starting a web series in October, but Im also going to be posting exercises, stretches and modifications here as well.
Everyone should live pain and stress free and still have all the bells and whistles they want. Balance is key. But lets start with the basics Here are some rules if you want to work out in these places, or anywhere for that matter.
If you don't know what you're doing ASK for help. Get a trainer, or read a book. Working out is not simple science. Most people work too much in their back and shoulders. That means they originate movement from joint lines, and not muscle groups. If you put strain on the joints, you wear them out. The joint lines are really important to stability in the body as it ages.
(Trainers that work for gyms are under-payed...take their input with a grain of salt. They are told to confuse or overwork the client. To keep the client coming back needing more, but knowing the likely hood of returns is LOW)
Proper foot ware and floor surface.
Change out your sneakers every three to six months. Your shoes develop imprints and keep you walking (or exercising) in dis alignment.
Beware of doing impact or cardio on carpet. Many places have carpet to cover cement. You don't want to exercise on cement. Try to find wood floors.
(I gotta say right here and now, with all the DIRT we have in LA, why people would run on cement is ludicrous. Running is good for the heart but kinda bad for knees and ankles, and hips. Lots of impact over time puts stress on already STRESSED muscles and tendons. )
at the other end, some doctors frown on running on the beach because it does not give enough support or resistance. you're overtaxing your hamstring as well as your Achilles.
RUN ON DIRT, Careful down hill.(also bad for your knees)
Rule #3 The three tiers of movement.
What are you doing (endurance, strength,flexibility, upright, horizontal or seated)
How are you doing it (slow or fast, with experience or correction (coaching)
Where are you doing it (outside, inside, stable or unstable surface)
we know that the body will work harder if it feels unstable, because its natural instinct is to provide foundation. That is what is great about Bosu and Balance balls. The body is working against itself as well as the exercise.
HERE"S THE BEEF! You must allow the body at least level of stability, or it will probably hurt itself. Some of us like two levels of instability, but you never want three.
That is why spinning is so effective..you're on a stationary bike, so your ability to push is greater than if you were on the street and had to pay attention to lots of other things (road surface, traffic, pedestrians, etc) and your seated...so the core is more supported allowing the legs to burn more.
Step class on bosu is stupid. all three levels going..you're working really hard upright, you re stepping on and off an unstable, un even surface (knees and ankles) and your moving FAST which will keep you focused on completion of movement, not form.
Two levels of instability...thats it...otherwise you will take yourself down. Once you stop exercising, its hard to start again.
Remember that your brain is in control of all movement, that is why muscle awareness and control are so key to getting the results you want!