Learn From Their Mistakes

June 2, 2008 · Print This Article

Time is the most valuable thing you have. You have a very limited amount in your lifetime. Once it’s gone, you can never get it back. That time is gone forever. You shouldn’t waste it and you should definitely never let anybody else waste it. Especially if you’re paying for it.

I was working out at my “other” gym here in Honolulu this morning. In the middle of my workout, I saw a personal trainer working with a middle aged woman. I have heard her talking a little about her goal before; losing weight and getting more muscle tone. It was pretty obvious to me that she was new to working out. I’m guessing her body fat % was in the low to mid 30’s.

The trainer was having her perform a single arm dumbbell lateral raise. Now, why in the world would a trainer of all people choose this particular exercise for this person. This lady wasn’t a bodybuilder.

If you’re trying to lose body fat, most if not all of your resistance training exercise should be made up of compound movements.

Using an isolation type of movement, such as the one they were performing, is a very inefficient way to workout, especially for fat loss. They were wasting time.

Compound movements require the use of multiple joints, and multiple muscle groups to complete a given movement. For example, a squat or lunge for the legs, pressing for the chest muscles, or a row for muscles of the back.

In a proper chest press, the chest is the primary mover. The shoulders and triceps act as the assisting muscles or secondary movers.

So why were they focusing on one head (the lateral “head”), of one small muscle, on one side of the body? Well, the funny thing is, I know this trainer. And I’ve seen him do this with other innocent people. He’s taking them through his workout that he does for his body.

It’s definitely not the fastest way for this client to reach their goal.

It’s unfortunate for her, but you can learn from their mistake. If you’re trying to lose body fat, get a more efficient resistance training workout by focusing primarily on compound movements.

Work smarter. Quit wasting time.

Be Your Best,



One Response to “Learn From Their Mistakes”

  1. Koto --- (No last name required, theres only one!) on June 14th, 2008 11:33 am

    First off, I love this website.

    Secondly, I would have to agree with the fact that losing weight would benefit greatly by doing compound movements. However, I would not generalize that the trainer was a “bad trainer”.
    Judging him as a trainer based off this one observation is like judging a political candidate by one of their many quotes. Nevertheless, you are absolutely correct that that particular exercise was not right for her goal of losing body fat.

    I noticed this page is in .html it SHOULD be in php.

    If you need help with any of this, I can help you. There are a incredible amount of benefits (and time savings) that you would have from re-doing the page in php. (especially for ad-revenue!)

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