Exercise is hard. There is a reason why over 60% of Australians are overweight.
Yes, food plays a major role, and that’s why exercise is hard.
It’s easier to over eat. It’s easier to sit on the couch and chill.
Funny how after a long day at work (probably) sitting down at a desk, you have no energy to exercise. Little do we know that the more we move our bodies, the more energy we create.
You see, we have these little power houses inside our cells called mitochondria.
Think of these as little workers charging your batteries.
They love to work.
Mitochondria are turned on through exercise.
When you put them to work (through exercise) they charge your batteries and you then have energy. When you don’t exercise, the little workers get laid off as they are not needed. When you have less workers, you have less energy output.
Have you ever been on a relaxing holiday to find yourself zapped of energy and all you want to do is chill out in the sun where you can’t be bothered doing anything?
Or have you ever started an exercise program, taken a break, and tried to start again?
All the credit goes to people who are, at least, moving their bodies! If you don’t move your body, you lose your body.
There is no real right or wrong way to exercise.
After all, we are human beings and we are designed to move. But wouldn’t it make sense that if you are going to make the effort, wouldn’t you want to be more efficient so you get more bang for buck? Where you don’t have to work out for as long or if you chose to keep the duration, you at least get better results than you’re currently getting?
There are so many ways you can exercise and I'm sure we all know someone who achieved great results from exercising a certain way.
Inside a gym or outside.
Freestyle or choreographed.
Alone or in group.
Have you then tried to replicate what they did and didn’t get the same results?
Genetics plays a big role in how we respond to certain types of exercises. Usain Bolt, for example, is the world’s fastest man for a reason.
He is genetically designed to run fast.
There a so many different gym programs and ‘gurus’ out there saying you should lift heavy for 3 repetitions. Some experts say 5 reps and others say you should lift moderate weight for 12-15 repetitions. Who is right?
There is no denying that most programs work. And for the general population, any movement is better than no movement. Consistency always trumps perfection, but wouldn’t you rather be consistently doing something that is going to benefit you and your genetics rather than a generic program that only gets generic results?
For me, if I am going to make the effort to turn up, I want to make sure I'm getting the most bang for buck!
Are you someone who wants to put on muscle yet your gym buddy is getting all of the gains?
Or are you wanting to lose fat and no matter how much you’re sweating your workout partner is the one getting all of the compliments?
Your DNA tells you how you best respond to certain types of exercises. Your DNA can tell you if you are more suited for endurance or power types of exercise.
Let’s take for example one gene called ACE (Angiotensin I-Converting Enzyme). The ACE gene was the first to be linked to athletic performance and has been one of the most extensively studied genes in sports.
ACE is a gene that is related to endurance.
ACTN3 is a gene for speed.
PGC1A is a gene for aerobic capacity.
PPARA is a gene for fat burning.
Depending on which one of these genes you express (any many more), determines the best exercise program for you and your body type.
If you are more suited to power-type activities, you should tailor your program for harder, faster and shorter sets with longer rest periods.
If you are more suited to endurance activities, try making your working sets longer than your rest periods.
Here at Unrivalled Being, we comprehensively test your DNA and design a program that is tailored to how you best respond to exercise for fat loss and for building strength.
This means you don’t waste time, energy and effort in doing something that produces sub-par results.
After all, turning up is the hardest part. If you are going to make the effort, why not make it easier!
After dedicating much of his life as an athlete (or at least wanna be athlete), Mac now obsesses about efficiency and curing disease through nutritional medicine.
Mac loves to learn but more importantly he loves to teach. He has been teaching in the health and fitness industry for over 12 years and he thrives when he is on stage in front of group of people who are wanting to improve their lifestyle.
When Mac isn’t working on himself or his business, he is out exploring the world. His biggest dream is to go to the moon so he can see the world from above.
“The world just fascinates me” he says. “Human beings are so insignificant, and the world is such a beautiful place. I just don’t understand why some people do not want to explore the planet we live in and see the magic that it has to offer”.