If you have ever come across the Shopping Channel you know that every time you turn around there is some new fitness gadget or piece of equipment that is going to solve all your exercise or weight loss problems. Now, I am not a closet Shopping Channel watcher but I have on occasion come across some incredibly silly routines or equipment.
When it comes to strength training and providing the best stimulus for the body to get stronger and move better, the old classics are still and will always remain the best. What Are the Classics? The classics or old standbys in any strength program are squats (and all its variations), pushing movements (bench press, push ups), pulling movements (rowing, pull ups, chins, lat pulls), deadlift (and all its variations such as Romanian deadlift, Sumo deadlift, Single Leg deadlift, Hex or Trap bar deadlift) as well as portions of the Olympics lifts (cleans, jerks, push press).
I realize that for most these exercises are not very glamorous but as the saying goes "if it aint broke, don't fix it". And that is so true with all the old standbys of weight training. There is no sense in re-inventing the wheel, when we have the best tools already there.
Till next time,