Would you benefit from exercise physiology if you’re already training hard? Absolutely! Exercise physiology and HIIT training – like Crossfit, F45, or Beach Body Challenges – are a match made in heaven, and you’ll see it in your results. Here’s three reasons why:
Your technique will be top notch
One of the biggest benefits of exercise physiology is the technique fine-tuning that happens in each session. This isn’t personal training, where we’re here to give you a list of stuff to do and then count your reps (and true that good PTs don’t do that either!).
Instead, exercise physiology is all about your movement and how your body responds to it. An exercise physiologist should spend the majority of your session closely watching how you move, and helping you fine-tune your technique so that the right muscles fire at exactly the right time. This helps minimize undue stress on your joints, muscles, and connective tissues. Of course, we do some stress – just enough that your improve your strength and fitness). If you have a health condition like heart disease, we also watch for signs that you’re working safely and not beyond your health limits.
You’ll stay injury and pain free
Good exercise technique and minimizing undue stress keeps your body happy. If a movement is off-balance, it usually leads to overuse injuries in the long run. This happens through too much load on the wrong structures. If you’ve ever had a meniscus tear or a bulging disc in your lower back, you’ll probably understand what moving just slightly the wrong way feels like: “not good” is an understatement.
“Balanced” movement is simply good exercise technique. This keeps the exercise load in the working muscles (good stress) and not so much on the joints, ligaments, and other anatomical pieces that are along for the ride. In the long term, this means fewer injuries – and only the good, DOMS-y soreness that you get from a solid workout.
You’ll maximize your workout bang-for-buck
Keeping the load in the working muscles means that you aren’t leaking effort. What the heck does that mean? Pain, past injury, and sloppy exercise technique let your stabilizer muscles coast along, so you’re not using all you can. Tightening up your technique turns stabilizers on, and adds more “good” stress without making things harder. You’ll also transfer force more efficiently. This is especially important for power exercises and full body movements. In fact, once you get used to the technique tweaks we recommend, the same workout will actually feel a lot easier. You can lift more and go farther with the smallest changes. Sounds good to me!