“The most common advice that I’m currently giving has to do with cross training because I just so happen to have a lot of female cyclists. In that particular body type and sport that they do, you have a lot of girls who are not very functionally sound, and they picked up this spin. It’s fast, and it’s fun, and they’re doing all this stuff that keeps them active, which is great, BUT they don’t have the strength background to support all the stuff that they’re currently doing.
“It’s New Year’s rights now. Everyone’s made their New Year’s resolution of going back to the gym, getting fit, getting stronger, toning up. They’ll go from not exercising for the last year to exercising seven days a week, and it’ll just be too much trauma to their body. They’ll get hurt; they’ll get sore; they’ll get demotivated. I see people do one type of exercise, so I divide them very broadly into high resistance/ low volume and low resistance/high volume.
“You get the weightlifter person that comes in, and that’s all they do, or you have the endurance type of person, and all they do is that very light, very quick, high volume. They get two different injuries, but they are both repetitive strains because there’s no muscle confusion or variety in their workout patterns.
“You contract different types of muscle fibers for long, low, light events (running, spinning, HIIT classes) than you do when they’re very short and heavy (deadlifts, squats, general/traditional strength training). If you’re only doing one type of exercise, you’re doing yourself a disservice. In fact, I use the term you need a well-balanced diet of exercise. Broccoli is awesome, but if you only ate broccoli, you’d be missing out on a lot of vital nutrients, and sooner or later, maybe you’ll get deficiencies and get ill even though you’re using a superfood like broccoli, so you need other some other variety, same thing with exercise.”