If there is one question I get more than any other since the debut of my fitness column it’s, “What is the best exercise to do?”
The truth is there is no universal answer to that question.
That point has been driven home to me of late during two months of training at Innovative Fitness in Fircrest. I trained there as part of the weight loss series that wraps up in Sunday’s News Tribune and Olympian. My goal was to drop 10 pounds and get my body composition below 10 percent body fat.
I’m not going to give away the final numbers until Sunday, but I will say I was pleased. As trainer Jesse Ewell, the gym’s owner, told me “You got big results.”
So, what was the exercise I added to every single workout that led to the success?
In fact, Ewell says he gets the same question regularly too.
“That’s not what it is about,” Ewell said.
What it’s about is developing a workout program you can stick with, an eating program you won’t stray from and a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t feel like work.
For two months of training none of my workouts were exactly the same. In fact, there were very few exercises that I did more than two workouts in a row.
Although, Ewell says, I did actually duplicate exercises I just didn’t noticed because I did them differently. I might have worked biceps with dumbbells on one day, then hit them with TRX suspension straps the next.
Variety keeps the workouts fun and greatly increases the likelihood that I will stick with the program. Again, another benefit of spending some time working with a good trainer.
So what’s the best exercise?
If you ask me, it’s whatever exercises keep you motivated to keep working out. Whatever that might be.
This is the 11th part in a series on weight loss running March 14-April 10. We will post profiles on South Sound residents having success losing weight the right way. And Fitness Columnist Craig Hill will blog about his attempt to slash his body fat to below 10 percent.