Just like the chair that I bought from the yard sale was trash to another person, I fixed it up a bit and my back felt much better in the end. My roommate was just doing the same thing.
When my exercise wasn’t working for him, he patched it up a bit until he found what works- and I imagine that this exercise made his back feel a lot better too.
Take the Right Advice
There’s both good and bad advice out there. But the thing is, good advice can be good for one person and it can be bad for another.
For the most part, our bodies are generally pretty similar to one another. We all need protein, a strong back to avoid injury, and plenty of rest and recovery.
But we might go about fulfilling those needs in slightly different ways. I’m not saying that you should ignore all the advice out there and just figure out what works for you. I am saying you should listen to good advice and then figure out what works for you.
Here are a few tips:
1) Try new things: This is a good rule for life in general. Experimentation leads to discovery (just be careful about what you experiment with). Who knows when you might discover something great. There’s more out there than just the bench press and bicep curls.
2) Experiment with multiple areas: Trying a new exercise isn’t the only change you can make. Try going from fast to slow movements, high reps to low, adjusting your rest between sets… Sometimes what you are changing isn’t as important as the fact that you are changing something.
3) Don’t go too far: Don’t stray too far away from the beaten path. Many others before you have learned what generally works for most people. There’s no reason for you to reinvent the wheel. You can learn a lot from those around you.
4) Know when to fix: The old adage never gets old- don’t fix it if it’s not broken. If you’re making great gains, there’s no need to try something just for the sake of trying it.
Nothing is more valuable than listening to what your body is telling you. If you’re giving it your all but still standing in the same place, it’s time to make some changes.
On the other hand, if your routine is working and you’re making great gains, then there’s no need to fix it, no matter what somebody tells you.
After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.