How You Damage Your Body Through Exercise... Without Knowing
How You Damage Your Body Through
Exercise... Without Knowing
I became a Black Belt 4 years back, since then I’ve been runningmy own
Karate class successfully for cheerfullittle kidsto passionate youngadults.
All of whom say they are benefiting immensely in terms of confidence, self
esteem and activeness (especially the youngadults)through Karate. No
wonder they are excited every time I see them in the class, they motivate
I was completely happy and fully confidentaboutthe training I gave, as
well as which I got. I taught my studentseverything from how to hold a
particular stance, how to keep their postureand I also explained my
studentshow stances benefit them and how correct body posturesdo too. I
start my class with a series of warm upsalong the way, helping every
studentof minefollow up every bit properly. Iknew my trainingwas
balance of explanation and correct exercise because my trainingprovided
all that in the way any training and warm up should.
Then almost an year and a half after, I alsojoineda free hand workout gym...
I had joined as an instructor. I was learning on the way while teaching. This is
the place where I was exposed to body weight exercises, cross fittraining,
functional exercises and power yoga. I was introduced to equipments like swiss
ball, resistanceropes and their usage- it was a completely newworldof
healthand fitness the gates of whichwere thrownopen to me. This was
Here I realised how most people hit the gym, work out and come out of it not
building their body, but damaging it. I realised how mostpeople who exercise
religiously every day, actually create problems for themselves in the long run
rather than maintaining fitness.
And they don’t evenrealise it. Howdo they do it?
During Karate days I wentthrough rigorous training which consisted of push
ups, push up walking (on the barren road), stances, stances and movements,
stances combined with intermittent attacks, weapon training, fights, rigorous
sparring (which was After arigorous workout) and throw in a lot endurance
test combined with body conditioning (wherewe used to endure punches and
kicks fromSir) and end with meditation (only breathing). Imaginethis routine 3
times a week, and an extraclass for senior belts onSunday mornings!
That all helped to lift my spirit, to my develop confidenceand self esteem. That
is justmentally, physically it helped strengthen my muscles, condition my
body, increasemy endurance, increase my stamina and fasten reflexes. Now
we are keeping aside all the other benefits I gained fromKarate so that we
don’t lose track and focus on-
How I realisedmost people damage their body rather than buildit with
Going through a rigorous and disciplined training in Karate I developed a sense
of determination and confidence that could get me through any kind of
difficulty. It made me think I could do all these pity exercises which these
people in this free hand gym were following. Could I do them? Yes I could... but
not as easily as I thought I would. Itgaveme a realisation.
What was it?
That I was trained without the knowledge of which exercise targets which
muscle, so I never cared about the proper way in which any exercise should
be done targeting exactly those muscles whichit should. This is the same case
with many gym members going for an aesthetic built, martial arts practitioners
and daily exercisers (thosewho do light exercises and jog in the morning).
Most body builders train for a good physiquebut don’t pay attention to their
posturewhen they are lifting weights or which combination of combination of
exercises they arefollowing in a session.
They don’tpay attention on the basic fact that if one side of the body is gained,
the other sideshould also be built to balance the weight- and that’s a common
scenario. In the rush to get fit fast, we don’t pay attention on the most
important thing and that is basic knowledge of the human body, and the
purpose behindevery exercise. Noticehow many body builders’ legs are thin
and the upper body is pumped? (Jhonny Bravo, anyone?) Don’tyou think they
will face leg problems due to their lower back carrying so much weight?
Being a Black Belt I couldn’tdo proper lunges, squat, all the basic functional
exercises (those exercises which requirebody movement and weight). And
guess what, with my high performancecapacity and endurance, I couldn’t even
performpush ups in a proper form which means- I could performevery
exercise, butwithout the proper form. Which means-
I was trainedin Karate, I wasn’t educated...
And that makes all the difference.
If you are following any exercise which has to do with lifting weight, your body
needs to be correct and you should be lifting the weight in proper posture.
Otherwiseyou can face joint pains and prolonged improper posture as your
body develops its muscles when you are exercising as per your posture. If you
are not stretching your muscles after every exercise, your posturecan be
asymmetricalbecause of that too. So stretching is important. If you practice
stretching and are not doing it in the correctmanner, you can face muscle
fatigue and muscle tear. Breathing is the most important when you stretch.
Your core strength, that is stomach, needs to be engaged when lifting weights
to supportyour back (there are no muscles there to supportit).
I developed strength, spirit, stamina, determination in life but I never paid
attention to the long termharm of exercising in a wrong form. Lucky me I got
exposed to this type of fitness regimes at a budding stage of my career. So now
my viewpointtowards my students in the Karate class shifted moretowards
education rather than justtraining. I want them to know what they are doing.
I want to make them and more importantly, keepthem, fit along with teaching
them self defence. That way if ever required, they’ll know how to exercise
Don’t just train, educate yourself.
It’s all about awareness. It’s allabouthow you are treating your body, your one
and only home.
So know what you do.
(Shobraj Kumar Bachar is a Karate teacher, with 10 years of experience in the field and a
health and fitness trainer. He believes that for a safe society you need to develop a defensive
attitude and for an overall healthy living, you need to aim holistically while training.)
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