When different fitness trends become popular, it is very easy to get caught up in fitness routines and programming that make no sense or, worse yet, that are harmful for your body. One of the most popular trends in the early 2000s was the “kettlebell” trend. Kettlebells have been around for centuries, since the early 1700s if my memory serves me correctly, but, to this day, they still are not used correctly in certain areas of exercise programming.
Today I want to talk about closed chain versus open chain exercises. You are probably wondering what they are and if they will help you get in better shape, but, believe it or not, you actually cannot perform an exercise without it being termed either a closed or an open chain. Knowing the reasons why you do them is very important to best understand your exercise programming.
Over the years that I have spent since my life changing event of blowing out my knee, and realizing what it means to truly be hurt and know your weaknesses. This event in my life taught me how much of a challenge it is to get back on your feet after life has knocked you down and knocked you out. The big question is, "Do you want it bad enough?" As Rocky said, "...But it aint about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward?
Posted by Ryan Hart @ Tuesday, February 18, 2014 @ 06:54am
The determination on this client of mine is like nothing ive ever seen! She came to me wanting to lose weight and tone up... I had no idea how much she would actually put into it but I was ready to run if she was.Day one came and it wasnt looking good... barely a 20 second plank (on the forearms) and 20 squats and she had taken a seat.3 months later..She has bought 3 new pairs each one 2 sizes smaller than the last.She flips 500lb tires.She can do L sits on the parallel bars and is well on her way to doing pullups.