As a teen I was addicted to magazines like Muscle & Fitness. The muscular, hulking figures on the pages represented to me the epitome of health & fitness. Little did I know that looks can be deceiving. Bodybuilders look great on stage, but they often lack the stamina, functional fitness and athleticism possessed by athletes and make no mistake; you are an athlete.
As I grew in my training, I also watched my father, great uncle and grandfather, men who never worked out a day in their life, perform incredible feats of strength and endurance. They spent their entire lives working on a dairy farm and the conditioning they built from their daily work created a physique that was lean and strong. They also had the muscular endurance to work sun-up to sundown.
If you are training for a back country experience, are you more focused on your legs, core and upper back or do you continue to make chest day the first workout of the week. If you are, it is possible you are making a mistake with your training.
There are a ton of great programs out there and if the only workout you will do mirrors that of Mr. Olympia, then you are better off than doing nothing at all. However, there are better programs out there that will give you the functional fitness to recreate or work on your terms and look pretty good in a t-shirt to boot. You do not have to trade out performance, aesthetics or health; you can have all three with the right program.
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