17. keep the body moving
We recommend 30mins of movement everyday with 30mins of intense exercise 2-4x per week. Workouts lasting longer than 30mins tend to deplete the body & encourage poor form so it’s always best to keep workouts short & efficient. originofenergy’s intensive circuit style of compound resistance training is a very important part of health as it promotes increases in:
Growth hormone & testosterone
Bone mineral content & density
Flexibility- functional range of motion
All of this transfers into the ability to live an active fun life. As human beings we evolved from an environment that was very demanding, so when exercising it is important to have the goal of returning your body to it’s optimal function. For many that have let their body go, the process back to health needs to be a gradual one. Small consistent steps are best.
Over exercising with either complexity, load or duration will only make the whole process take longer, only do what you have the capacity to recover from. Exercise is stress and you can only get the benefits from the stress stimulus if you’re committed to the other lifestyle components included here to balance out stressful exercise.
18. perform exercise that balances the body
Our bodies are an expression of every choice we have made since we’ve entered the world. The body will always mould itself around what you do with it. E.g if you drive to work, sit in a chair 8-10 hrs a day, drive home and then sit on the couch to watch TV, then your body will become those environments- usually slouched & restricted.
It’s important to do stretches and strengthening exercises that pull the body into alignment, especially if your life is fairly sedentary. To design stretching & corrective programs that are specific to individual needs we perform a comprehensive assessment. A basic rule for stretching is if it’s not tight don’t stretch it. Perform stretches needed to allow you to stand up straight, full squat, lunge, rotate the spine & press weight above the head all with optimal alignment of the spine and not too much or too little curve.
Stretching programs need to be performed 6/7 days to get optimal results and for practical purposes are best designed to take no more than 10mins.
Balance also relates to the hormonal system. If you’re run down then intense circuit style resistance training needs to be modified by slowing the movements down to breathing pace and doing lighter less complex versions of the movements. We encourage all different levels of athletic ability to train together in our groups and for everybody to work at their own individual level.
When performing more than 3 intense days of training in a row the body will not recover and exercise becomes more stressful than it is worth. This is why we recommend 1-3 days of intense exercise followed by an active rest day of light walking, stretching or swimming in the ocean. Exercise programs should always vary and cover a variety of movements & responses- endurance, speed & power, maximum strength and muscle/metabolism building strength work. This is why we have a different work out mon -sat on the homepage and have 3 hypertrophy (muscle/ metabolism building) 1 speed & power, 1 max strength & 1 endurance style workout every week.
Balance within the muscle system also relates to the balance between stability & movement muscles. If you’re over investing in heavy and fast lifting the stability system of the body will be compromised. This is why all originofenergy workouts are finished off with core stability work to keep tone and health within these muscles.