I’ve got an opinion about the perfect body and my opinion has been mostly developed from my experience as a coach for an NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Team as well as working with children and teenage girls, and my education from Utah State, sorry guys I’ve got less experience working with you.
So here it is...there is no perfect body that everyone should be trying to emulate! We are all different and have different genetics so, at least in my mind, it stands to reason that it is thoroughly BS (beyond stupid) for me to try to compare my body to anyone else.
I also believe that elite athletes don’t train to get great bodies, they DON’T do abs to get a 6 pack(which doesn’t work anyway, but that’s another post)! They train their abs to make sure they have the best connection between their upper and lower body to be able to perform the skills required in their sport to the best of their ability. They don’t do curls to try to get big biceps they do them to develop arm strength to enhance their ability to perform their sport. The exercises they do are designed to improve their sport. Not to make them pretty. They have great looking bodies as an accidental by-product of training for their sport.
Someone looking for a quick weight loss fix asked me once, “all of your college gymnasts look great, maybe I should take up gymnastics to try to look like them”. My reply was “lets think about this for a second, these college gymnasts have around 15 YEARS of training under their belt, currently train 20 hours a week and you want to do a few weeks of training and expect you’ll look like them...”
Now, with all of that said, I don’t think that wanting to lose weight and look good is a bad thing, I think that a proper mind set going into exercise is paramount! When some people start training they want to lose weight off a certain spot (called spot reduction which is impossible also another post) so they focus on certain exercises that target the area. Generally, they don’t get the results they’re looking for, and it often happens that the area they want to lose from actually gains a bit. I’ve also seen people focus on just one domain of fitness, especially “cardio” spending forever on a treadmill or elliptical and getting nowhere. Those are two examples of what I believe to be the wrong mindset for working out.
What I believe to be the right mind set for working out is trying to constantly improve your performance. Constantly (safely of course) raising the level of intensity of the exercises you do, either with the amount of weight you move, the speed you perform the exercise and always, how many reps you do and always, always working with superb technique. If you’ll have the mindset of constantly trying to perform better at the exercises in the workouts, coupled with proper nutrition, then I PROMISE you’ll look better and feel better!
As a current example, one of the Granite State Kettlebell members, Justin Frazier told me that he’s gone down a few pant sizes and is feeling as strong and capable as ever!