This one goes out to the lifters who are having trouble with exercise selection. This will be just a quick tip to help you narrow your focus in the weight room.
Strength training can take on many different identities however the core focus should always be the same. MOVEMENT. Our bodies have the innate ability to move in such extreme and exciting ways that limiting ourselves to the monotonous seated position is sinful! Not to mention painful. Subjecting your skeleton to extreme ranges of motion and non-conventional lifting patterns will have a massive impact on your day to day living. Get off the seated row, the 90degree bench or seated lat pull down and find ways of using your posture to develop those same lifting patterns. In this case maybe bent over rows, half kneeling presses and pull ups.
If your strength program is designed around movement, the stiff and bulky idealisms surrounding weight lifting will disappear. The biggest itch that I have with the new box gyms is their design! Too many machines that assist your body’s natural movement pattern. That is what rehabilitation facilities use. You go to the gym to move, so stand up and move. Challenge your body in new ways to ultimately understand the meaning of freedom.