One of the hardest things to do as a person who prescribes exercise is to take an internal perspective on exercise design. There is so much talk these days of sets, reps, and protocols, and not enough on exercise biomechanics and quality of movement as it relates to load. Exercises are merely attempts to organise a movement which then challenges certain muscles in the body. Externally visible parameters of the event such as foot and hand placement, path of limbs during movement and global range of motion are and should be tailored to the individual.
To simplify things, we categorise exercises with names like “squat”, “push up”, etc, to denote what is actually an orchestration of joint movements by muscles. Following this we also try to sub-classify movements to show variations in execution, like “sumo squat” for wide stance squats, “diamond push ups” for narrow hand-placement pushups etc. Keep Reading!