For too long, getting fit has meant picking an activity you like and then doing it over… and over… and over again, without paying much attention to variety or training the body evenly, in all the different planes of movement.
We’ve all done it before – you decide to enter a marathon and so naturally you run as much as you can each week, forsaking all other forms of exercise. You join a gym to ‘tone up’ and all of a sudden you’re attending 5 pump classes a week, or dropping into the weights room every day to pump out your standard routine of squats, lunges, pull-ups, curls and crunches.
Although it’s a group class it feels like a personal training session. I travelled all the way from the Northside to do the class cause there is NOTHING like it anywhere else.
– Alicia P.
But OH NO! Only a month or two into your new training regime, your knees are aching, your back is straining, or maybe you’re just starting to feel a bit stiff. Perhaps you feel just fine but notice your body is gaining a few unpleasant imbalances – for the boys it might be that one shoulder is sitting a little higher than the other, or your pecs are “sitting low/high”? For the girls, it could be that you’re getting the dreaded “bulky leg” look, or perhaps your abs and tummy (y’know, those things you wanted to look flatter) are starting to poke out in a peculiar way, despite your best efforts!
The problem with doing the same, repetitive training on a regular basis, or indeed with carrying out a training regime you think has variety (squats, crunches, etc) but actually contains multiple movements working in exactly the same ‘plane’ is that you just end up creating imbalances in your body, leading to things like injury, an inability to effectively move in the other movement planes, impeded sports performance and visual imbalances.
At AGOGA we have a big emphasis on multi-plane movement. But what does this mean exactly?
Well, there are three specific planes of motion the body moves in and each of these are essential to include equally in your exercise program:
Moving forward or backward (basic squat, bicep curl, forward lunge, crunch, close-grip pull-up)
Movements from side to side (side lunge, jumping jack, lateral shoulder raise)
Rotational Movement, or horizontal abduction and adduction (woodchop, baseball swing, Russian twist crunches)
By shifting your focus from training specific body parts (biceps, quads, hamstrings) to doing programs around various joints and the movements they are capable of performing, you’re training your body to move effectively in the way it’s biologically evolved to – forward, backward, side-to-side, twisting, turning, jumping, balancing, etc. Your reaction time will improve, core strength will skyrocket and you’ll create a natural, symmetrical body that looks good, feels more agile and is not injured as easily.
By challenging your body in every possible direction, you’re also guaranteed to naturally engage in a full-body workout that will burn serious calories! This is the type of exercise that gives you a lean, athletic look.
Oh and did we mention, it’s also really good fun to perform a workout that involves lots of different, innovative moves at each workout, rather than sticking to the same ol’ routine. And your run times should improve too, while those pesky knee and back aches fade into the background.
I have never liked any training system, UNTIL I met the Agoga team. The best instructors in Australia with the most exciting and innovative training. They guys and girls change the program weekly and keep it interesting. Functional patterns is the future of training and Agoga is the leading edge.
– Erez B.