The Balancing Act

When lifting weights or doing any kind of resistance training, resist the temptation to focus on those body parts that are already comparatively well-developed. Instead, focus on total balance and symmetry throughout the body.

This is often easier to do in theory than in practice because, let’s face it, we tend to prioritize those muscles that respond the best to our training.

Genetically speaking, I always had decent biceps, so I was overzealous about blasting them in the gym when I first started training so they would get even bigger. Fortunately, my weightlifting mentor, Lynn Branam, noticed what I was doing and nipped that concept in the bud right away. Instead, he encouraged me to balance out my triceps first, then eventually get back to the biceps later. So, for the first year or so of working out, I didn’t even train the biceps beyond the general level of conditioning that they received from all of my back workouts.

The net result of this “balancing act” is a more symmetrical physique, less chance of injury and more overall strength.

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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