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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Botting

Tip - change up your exercise to be successful

Do you think you suck at doing an exercise? Do you avoid doing an exercise because you can’t do it “right”?

First off you're not really sucking at doing an exercise.

Your body needs to learn how to do new tasks. If you've never tried a plank before, you're going to suck at it. The only way to get better at doing something is to keep doing it.

However, your body might be telling you that doing a full plank is too hard (ex. your form sucks, you have pain in your back, you have to hold your breath, etc.).

There are numerous ways to make an exercise either easier or harder to do.

We do this to be SUCCESSFUL! 💪

Here are 3 ways that you can do so…

1. Change the lever length

How much your body is straightened out as well as how far off you are off of a stable surface are ways that you can change the lever length of an exercise.

2. Change the depth and range of motion

Going deeper into an exercise such as a squat requires more control from the entire body to perform. The whole body has to work harder. Going shallower in an exercise can let you be more successful if your body can’t go deeper without symptoms (ex. pain) coming up.

3. Change the stability of the exercise

You can choose to do an exercise with 1,2,3, or all 4 limbs being in contact with a stable surface (such as the ground, a bench, the wall). The less amount of contact points that you have, the harder the exercise will be.

However you choose to do an exercise, changing it up to be more in sync with what your body needs right now will help you be more successful.

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