Honing your exercise skills for a body that’s a lean machine is a secret we’re going to uncover. As you know, exercise movements can, over time, morph your body into a svelte, lean machine. Why is that important? Because this new lean machine will then provide for you the freedom of movement so you can feel good in a body that moves well.
The afterglow has you enamored with your newly found form, proud of all your work and feeling good wherever you go.
All of that and it still doesn’t include the gazillion other benefits exercise quietly bestows upon us.
Like many things that require change, honing your exercise skills for that lean machine requires a bit more, like developing skills of balance, coordination, endurance, strength, etc. It’s not just about kicking up your legs up to get our hearts pumping faster, although that does come into play.
Using the movements of exercise that are more intentionally chosen, will enable you to hone your skills so that your body responds better and performs better.
You’ll want a body that responds well and recovers quickly to the stresses of your daily life, to mental stresses, and to the stresses of exercise and movement itself. Over time, your lean machine will be performing at its best.
Personally, I love movement and the way it brings a feeling of freedom to my mind and body. And, learning more about the mechanics and processes that make this happen provides an opportunity of appreciation. Unraveling just a few of the body’s processes can also provide information so that you can get the results you’re looking for in a more efficient and timely manner.
Training For Response and Recovery
In order to hone your exercise skills for a body that’s a lean machine, let’s first put into perspective that you’re training your body to respond at its best. You’re not just exercising and hoping for a good outcome. Don’t get me wrong. The body is made to move, so any movement you do is always a good thing. But, you can do better.
The body has many moving parts and various systems that intricately work together like a symphony, each knowing when it’s their turn to show off their talents.
And since you’re at it anyway, knowing a little more about how your body moves so precisely and immediately will help you design an exercise routine that can tone, enhance, carve and/or build that lean machine.
Spice Up Your Skills to Maximize Your Enjoyment
You need a stimulus to create a change in your body, plain and simple. You can’t create a body that’s a lean machine without applying some sort of stimulus first. As it turns out,
exercise is a great tool that does just that.
Honing your exercise skills to make a change from your current fitness level to that lean machine may and probably will include some discomfort along the way. While you don’t have to do high intensity work all the time, nor should you, a little discomfort comes with the territory.
That doesn’t mean pain. You should never work through pain. No pain no gain is just a cute saying. Don’t take it literally. You may experience some soreness, generally about 2 days after an intense workout, but then the soreness should start going away.
TIP: ‘Get a hair of the dog that bit ya,’ is a saying that applies well here. If you do experience some soreness, begin gently by repeating some of the movements you did that made you sore in the first place. You’ll find the soreness to go away much faster, perhaps altogether.
TIP: Different bodies respond or adapt differently to resistance. This gives you some wiggle room to determine your most effective workout that’ll meet your needs. Take a minute to determine your desired outcome.
TIP: Your workout needs to be regular and consistent. Now, that’s a rule that the body really insists on.
Required Stresses to Experience Physical Changes
The physical changes that you can experience from exercise is directly related to the mechanical stress or stimulus applied the body. Done correctly, all of the body’s systems and parts work together better, and your whole body gets stronger.
Done incorrectly, repetitively, without good form and without multidirectional stresses or movements, can change the cellular structure as well as the overall function of the body.
Muscles – The Part We See
There are many intertwined components that play crucial parts in making your body strong. Because we mostly see our muscles, that’s where most of our concentration goes in build a lean machine and changing our physical appearance. So that’s where we’ll start.
To stimulate growth, you will need enough resistance to stimulate your muscles, whether it’s bodyweight work or free weights. Okay, so there’s a little more to it than that. There’s two different stresses necessary for muscles to grow, mechanical and metabolic.
Mechanical stress is about lifting the heavy weight, and the metabolic stress is about the number of times you lift the weight to fatigue.
So, if your goal is to tone up or to build definition, you have to activate and apply stress to the Type II motor units and muscle fibers