It really sucks.
The alternative is what I’ll do.
I’ll do some of it but not all of it.
This is what usually goes through our mind when it starts to get tough, when it becomes a struggle.
The full extent of what your body can do can be excruciating when exercising. It’s so much easier to forgo dropping right into the squat when landing after the jump of a burpee. It’s so much easier to only kick back my legs only 70% instead of 100% when completing that burpee.
Why would I do a pushup all the way down until my nose almost touches the ground when I can do more if I only lower myself 80% of the way.
Why would I bring my knees up to my waist when doing high knees when I can do the same by only bringing them up 3/4 of the way.
Why would you? I’m going to let you know why. Because it’s harder. And because it’s harder it benefits you even if you do less (you’ll do less in the same amount of time because it requires more work).
You would think that doing more is better because that is how we think. Doing more must be better. But by compromising the principle of the exercise by not executing full range of motion you are not developing strength throughout the full range of the motion. You are strengthening only the part of the muscle used during the load you are applying. You are not developing strength in your muscles that would support you when you are in those positions you are avoiding.
And sometimes this is when injuries happen. When you lower that knee to pick something up and you go to get up, when you have to move quickly from an awkward position and you push forward. You wish the injury didn’t happen. You wish at that point that you were stronger.
Developing strength throughout the whole range of motion is as simple as exercising throughout the whole range of motion. That’s it. It’s harder and it can suck but it’s worth it. You’ll be strong no matter what position your body is in. Prevent injury, be strong no matter when, no matter what the situation.
When your brain is telling you to give it only 80%, tell it to go away.
You are worth more, you are worth going all the way, 100%. Don’t give any less.
Yours in health,