Sticking with the theme from last time let us take on another myth of the fitness industry. This lie of fitness is that you should never use momentum to lift weights. It is a myth brought to us that implement momentum to simply appear to do more repetitions, when in fact they are hardly benefitting from their exertion.
Many popular training programs instruct you to do stationary repetitions in order to gain any benefits from your movement. They have your body move in unnatural positions which could risk harming muscles or tendons. Quick, jerking motions are never recommended yet without any flow of momentum every workout would be arduous and potentially harmful.
There is a law common it the high level fitness industry called the SAID Principal. SAID is an acronym for Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands. This principal can be summed up thusly: you only get better at the activity that you are practicing. Understanding this, we should conclude that training slowly only makes us better at moving slow. When you practice training with momentum in foundational movement’s patterns it will make your life easier and your daily movement stronger and safer. This practice of controlling momentum will spill over into your daily life making you feel strong, resilient, confident, and lend itself to post-exercise calorie burning.
Let us take the most ubiquitous of all kettlebell drills, the swing as an example. Swings, which are almost completely a momentum-based exercise have the ability to teach people to properly pick anything up off the ground, to properly use the hips to accelerate weight with a stable spine and to properly slow down or redirect movement that would usually come to an abrupt stop. One of the most common ways for people to injure themselves is by movement having to abruptly come to a complete stop. By practicing many of the most popular functional fitness drills including kettlebell swings and push presses, you will be training your body to properly absorb shock and redirect momentum.This will allow you to become safer, stronger and faster.
What most people relent to realize is that training explosively and with momentum can recruit the greatest number of muscle fibers at the same time. What this essentially means is that while performing exercises like swings and push presses you are tapping into more muscle fibers than if you were using similar exercises at an intentionally slow speed.
Training with Explosiveness and Momentum (TwE+M) = Extreme Cardio, Superior Fat Loss, More Muscle Tone and a Safe, Strong, Resilient Body
Training with Slowness (TwS) = Greater efficiency moving slow L, some muscle recruitment and very little fat loss
Additionally, when you recruit more muscle fibers to perform a movement you also increase the body’s need for oxygen. This essentially means that the more oxygen intake that is required to fuel your workouts, the more energy you are burning. When you are working each part of your body in tandem the oxygen is dispersed evenly through the bloodstream which helps for recovery and fat burning. Yet another myth debunked for your reading pleasure.