Many men are unaware of the virtues of conditioning their bodies with stretches and lifting light weights before getting stuck into their serious workout. They would be surprised at the burst of muscle they would gain if they simply, “woke up” muscle fibers that were still sleeping because they were still contracted. There are not many body conditioning programs online. There are some so-called “professionals” who have tried designing them, but because they’re based on uncertain premises, they will usually do your body more harm than good. If you see a body conditioning program without any of these three components, don’t consider it and let it potentially harm your body.
A lot of guys’ egos tend to get bigger when their muscles grow bigger and this makes them complacent and blind to the muscle they could be building if they spent 15 minutes prior to each workout simply stretching. It’s like your body is hovering at around 90% before you’re working out and that extra 10% is waiting to be activated by stretches. A good example is your biceps. If you’d do some arm exercises, you could ‘lengthen” your bicep and get it primed for weight lifting. This way, you can get that last rep in and get more muscle over a wider area. This goes for any muscle and every muscle that can be stretched.
2. Core Exercising
Your core is important for muscle growth. It supports your other limbs and if you can’t do a simple push up without lifting your feet off the ground, it means that your core is very weak and that you need to pay a bit more attention to the center of your body. The closest core muscles to your arms are your pectorals and the closest core muscles to your glutes are your lower back muscles. They may not seem related, but if you have a weak core, the potential for strengthening the muscles in your limbs is much lower than if you simply did push ups and sit ups amongst other exercises for 10 minutes or so prior to commencing lifting weights.
3. Shoulder Stability
Though seemingly less important, shoulders are integral to the proper function of your upper back and arms, a good stance and healthy chest muscles. People who often play sport like tennis or baseball find that their shoulders are tender from too much movement and not enough TLC to this important joint. This also goes for muscle builders. Lifting heavy weights can only mean that there is a significant amount of stress put on your shoulders and if you don’t condition it to better deal with it, it can lead to injury and a lowered muscle gaining threshold later on in life. A good body conditioning program will advocate some rowing exercises with bands or tubing before starting a muscle building program.
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s rare that you find a good body conditioning program that talks about these important things. Unfortunately, because there’s not much money to be made in body conditioning, not many people talk about it. The ones who do should be listened to because they’re the true professionals who focus on results and not a fuller wallet. Remember, shoulder stability, core exercises and stretching exercises are a good sign of a top body conditioning program.