I get about a fair bit so my gym program takes the form of a template rather than an actual program. For any of you reading this that actually know me I am sure you know what I mean but for those of you that don’t…it might be a bit of a change of thought process.
First, lets get your brain tuned in….while you are reading this…I’ll assume you are sitting at a desk somewhere in front of a computer…just because I am old fashioned. So, what I want you to do is as follows:
1. Sit up straight.
2. I want you to pretend that you are bench pressing at your desk i.e mimic the hand placement and ‘go through the motions’. Hopefully if you aren’t completely gormless what you have done is sat at your desk with your arms extended and moved them back and forth from the extended position pretty much to having your hands beside your chest and back again.
3. Now what I want you to do is to pretend that instead of bench pressing that you are dumbbell pressing.
4. Now what I want you to do is to pretend that instead of dumbbell pressing that you are machine chest pressing.
5. Now what I want you to do is to mimic one of each…so, first mimic bench pressing, then dumbbell pressing, machine pressing one after another.
What you should have discovered is that there is pretty much little to no discernible difference between any of these movements. What you are really doing is just ‘horizontal pressing’. Now you can extend that…because push ups and your pec deck and your dumbbell flies although they slightly different are all just really ‘horizontal pressing’ as well.
Just take a deep breath….it will be ok…I say this knowing that some of you just had your mind blown.
So in consideration of this there are lots of things to think about…for example…when you changed from doing 5 sets of 10 reps of bench press last month and decided to ‘change up’ your program by switching to 5 sets of 10 reps of dumbbell press you really changed pretty much nothing at all.
Before I wrap up this post…you can apply this generalisation to all exercises….for example chin ups, pull ups and lat pull for downs are all just vertical pulling…push pressing, military pressing, dumbbell shoulder press are all just vertical pushing…I am sure you get the picture.
That’ll do for now…like I said this is an area I am going to ramble through at my leisure. So…to be continued.