“What exercise is better, squats or deadlifts?”
“Should I do pull ups or inverted rows?”
“Can you tell me the best exercise for getting rid of this?”
If only it were that simple!
Here’s my answer:
What are your goals? What’s the timeline? What are your restrictions? What equipment do you have access to? Do certain exercises cause pain? What else are you doing? How often? How intense?
I was inspired to write about this after watching the look of betrayal appear on a member’s face when I switched them from deadlifts (what others in the group were doing) to sled drags.
I’ve seen the look before…. it’s appeared on others when switching them from running to biking, or pull ups to lat pulldowns, or barbell to dumbbell.
It’s as if exercises have been put into a hierarchy, and they feel as though they’ve been gypped into doing something inferior when I give them a modification – which is not the case at all.
It’s not a downgrade. If anything it’s an upgrade. The change was made because there was a better tool for that particular job.
Which brings us to our next point..
There is no “best” exercise. What’s good for one person may not be so good for another. What’s best for you may not be best for me. It depends on the context and the individual.
The best exercise for you is the one that gets you to your goal the SAFEST and FASTEST.
Just because everyone else is doing heavy deadlifts, or weighted pull ups, doesn’t mean you should be.
All the exercises and pieces of equipment are tools. You need to find the best tool for the job.
But, what if you don’t know how to operate the tools or which one to choose in the first place…?
Then you hire a mechanic!
Helping people to find the best tools & exercises for the job is part of what we do every day. Every member here works with a coach. We take the confusion out of the process. We work with our members to establish goals, map out a plan, and hold them accountable. You wouldn’t try to fix your own car if you didn’t know how, so why would you try to use exercise tools if they’re not something you’re knowledgeable about?
Some members want to lose weight. Some want to build muscle. Some want to have more energy or work around injuries. Some need help with nutrition.
Some have concrete goals. Some aren’t sure – they know they just need to do something.
We can help with all of that.
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