To train muscles or movements…
Which thought process is right?
Technically they both are, however it simply depends on the purpose of which you are training.
You’ll find older lifters speak a lot about training the muscles, feeling the contraction, the blood filling the area and being pain free and younger lifters look to train movements to better improve their performance and ability to move in a pain free ROM.
Both schools of thought are good, however if you follow movements first and then add in some specific work for the muscles you will often find that you have more longevity.
As with anything it’s about balance, we need both.
Let’s look at one of the most most known exercises and how both concepts apply to it.
The humble push up.
Not as easy as people think because a great many have very very poor movement patters and as such struggle to perform even one correctly, meaning they will not be a bel to ‘feel’ the correct muscles working.
Can you now see why we need to train both movement and muscles?
Optimally you will train the movement (the pattern/sequence of events) first then the muscles specifically in said movement.
It’s entirely possible to train muscles with poor movement patterns, this can lead to injury. If you don’t think this is true just take a look at people in the gym and you’ll see plenty of people with impressive physiques who train their muscles very well with poor patters. You’ll also find old lifters who did the same and have a few injuries for their troubles.
If you’re not sure how to perform a move correctly, seek out a trainer/coach to help you.
Train movements, then muscles and you’ll find you can stay in the game for many years to come.