If we followed our instincts we certainly wouldn’t exercise. Arthur Jones, founder of Nautilus and MedX exercise equipment, had this to say about following our instincts:
“For anything even approaching the best possible results from training, it is absolutely essential to work in direct opposition to your instincts. If you followed your instincts, you would do quite a number of things -- eat as much as possible, sleep whenever possible, defecate, fornicate, lie, brag, steal, run away from danger or fight if simply forced to or if faced with an obviously inferior foe in possession of something that you desired, and avoid any form of physical labor -- but you wouldn’t lift weights.” [Nautilus Bulletin # 1 Chapter 20]
Lifting weights stresses the body, and it is metabolically expensive. Calories are expended exercising, recovering from that exercise, and restructuring as a result of the stress on the body. It runs counter to our instinct for self preservation. Our body sends us strong signals to stop – our muscles burn, our breathing is rapid - just when the exercise is getting productive.
Getting to the point to where strength training is productive is hard to do on your own. The exercise is often terminated early or form deteriorates. At our Austin Strength Training and New Orleans Strength Training we take care of every detail and help you maintain form to get you safely to the point where the exercise is productive. Our goal is to give you a workout you cannot get on your own.
This is a program people of any age or condition can do, and it does not take a lot of your time. In fact, those who are most out of shape have the most upside potential because they start at a lower baseline.
Each week you’ll come and you do at little more than your body is used to handling and over time the changes will be transformational. The long list of health benefits and fitness benefits will motivate you stick to it even though, ironically, your instincts are telling you to do otherwise.