Training All Your Muscles Matters

You want a thick chest and big arms by the time beach season rolls around. So you're at the gym bench pressing and curling like crazy. But promoting an unbalanced physique might not be your only mistake here. The real danger is in potentially setting yourself up for injury.

Scientists from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research compared 90 men and women who participated in recreational weight training with a control group of relative couch potatoes. The active participants were significantly stronger, of course. But those in the inactive group demonstrated greater shoulder mobility. Researchers theorized that this was because the weight lifters focused on developing large muscles like pecs and delts while neglecting the muscles responsible for joint stabilization.

The Bigger Picture: To work around this potentially hazardous situation, design a whole-body workout program that trains all of your muscles. This can be accomplished by working a broader range of resistance exercises into your routine and including more calisthenics, plyometrics and aerobics. You have absolutely nothing to lose and much to gain in terms of injury prevention and physique enhancement.
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Penny Newgard
Jan 02, 2009
So what are the areas that are typically neglected in this scenario? Suggestions for specifics to avoid this mistake?
Apr 01, 2009
I'm guessing that a lot of people neglect the muscle groups they can't see in the mirror, primarily the lower back and hamstrings. Answer? Romanian deadlifts!
Jul 29, 2012
i need advice,i have been wnorikg out for last 6 monts i was skinny i gained like 16-17 lbs i look normal now.i want to gain more mass but it is getting harder and my will is not as it used to be.I am loking to gain like 10 more pounds. will a consumption of whey protein after every second training help or would i have to do it more often,i am gaining weight now but it is slow proces. ANYBODY ELSE WHO CAN HELP please doTHANK YOU