Interesting answers. First of all, like the others, I need more clarification on what you mean by ‘trouble spots.’ Eating a healthy diet most of the time, combined with vigorous exercise at least 3 times a week, to me, is clearly the way to achieve and maintain optimum fitness. It’s not magic. Martin, I don’t know what you mean by ‘regression?’
I like these simple questions. The answer to this is actually many answers and many variations of those answers. There is no single best exercise as the body will adapt and accomodate to any stress that is repeated long enough. If the stress is too great, the body will diminish. If the stress is too small, no adaptation will take place. Learning to use proper progression/regression and recovery is the key to success in fitness.
I’ve got one for everyone… Let’s see what you guys think of this…
Has anyone ever had experience with the Cybex 750AT Total Body Arc Trainer or a similar machine?
These are two links to the 770AT currently being offered by Cybex.. Keep in mind that the cybex website is made to market the equipment, so it has a slant.. just for everyone to get an overview of it and get a grasp on the mechanics involved, check out the links if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment. I’ll be talking about the 750AT, which is very similar to the new 770AT.
We have one of these in the gym, along with about 5 other lower-end models. The 750AT is much smoother, much more customizable as far as resistance and programming are concerned, and it’s also much more efficient at delivering a quality program and fairly accurate read-outs to the client from start to finish.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever been on one of these or something similar to it.. but these things will absolutley put you through your paces! In my opinion, with proper form on this particular machine (I say that because it’s what I’ve worked with extensively), you can get a great combination of strength and endurance training.
Of course there is no miracle exercise that I’m aware of.
I so really like what Andrew had to say about a body squat. I think many people underestimate the power of squatting as far as how beneficial it can be to the body!
Garrett, Is this along the lines of what you were looking for?
My philosophy is to achieve the unrealistic and I believe you can cure your trouble spots like I have. My personal “trouble spot” was overall being too skinny. It was impossible for me to gain weight, as hard as that is to imagine! I decided to tweak my workout routine a little bit and have discovered amazing results. I increased my strength by %22.2. My Bench Press went from 135lb to 165lbs and increased total body weight by 10lbs (155lb – 165lb) in as little as 3 weeks! And my blood pressure was excellent.
I am always testing and studying new ways of working out with different combinations of exercises and varying techniques. I like to see what develops the best results in the shortest amount of time, of course in the safest possible manner. The below exercises are great regarding your question. I found that the exercises listed below were key supplements to my progress as well as other studies I have read about…These are just a few exercises to fix those bodily imbalances, improve strength, and increase endurance.
1. Full Turkish Get-up: An excellent exercise for core strength, stability, and improving total body balance.
2. Kettle-Bell Swing: A great exercise for improving full body strength and power in your legs and developing a better Posterior, which is key to your improving your posture.
3. Full Burpee: This is a great endurance exercise, burns calories, and helps to break through your physical limits.
As always, make sure to focus on excellent technique to prevent injury.
Body Transformation Instructor