I was recently chatting with a member and she had a great question about why we put so much emphasis on core and legs, and shouldn’t we add more upper body workouts to the weekly programming? She asked, sort of tongue in cheek, “why is everyday leg day?”

It’s a great question and I figured there are a few others who might also want to better understand the method behind the madness.

At ASB and MidStrong, we don’t break up workouts by body parts. For example, we don’t do “leg days” or upper body vs lower body. As a matter of fact, pretty much every day“leg day” and every day involves core training.

Each workout has a specific intended stimulus. Each workout will likely involve the entire body. In fact, you’ll probably notice that most of the movements we select for our programming involve multiple major joints (called complex movements) and require the recruitment of muscles from nose to toes. Think about Goblet Squats, Thrusters, Curl to Press,  and RDL’s. All of those involve multiple joints moving around a stable core.

Now think about the core movements that are so common in our programming: various planks, bird dogs, dead bugs, etc. Those are the cornerstones that become a solid and stable core, which is the foundation of all human movement, athletic or just day to day.

Our purpose is to develop functional fitness. To train for functional fitness, we need to adopt an approach that uses movements that mimic how we will use our bodies. As an example, we do a bunch of Step-ups and Lunges because that’s a common and important functional movement that we all need to be able to perform comfortably to be able to climb and descend stairs and to get up or down from the floor.

If it appears that we disproportionately focus on core and legs, well, that’s where we’ll need the majority of our functional strength. This is true in life as well as sports. Think about it for a moment… how often do you walk around on your hands? How often are you lifting heavy things above your waist in your job, sport, or day to day lives?

So, when you see all those beautiful people at other gyms working in front of the mirror on their chests and biceps (beach muscles) or doing hundreds of crunches on the floor, you can chuckle a bit to yourself and be confident that the investment you’re making in your training will result in something truly meaningful… real fitness that is truly functional.

That’s why at ASB and MidStrong “everyday is leg day”! And core day.

If you know of anybody that might need some help developing a stronger and more durable foundation please pass this note along to them. We’d love to be able to help them. Even if you don’t necessarily have anybody in mind that you think might be a good fit for us, we always appreciate when you help spread the word. Sharing and commenting on our social media posts is a great way to do that and we’re really grateful to everyone who helps us spread the good word.

Be strong, have fun!

Paul Reilly

Paul is the Owner and Founder of MidStrong. He created MidStrong in 2017 to train men and women in midlife who are busy with work and family to build muscle and burn fat so they can look and feel better than they did in their 20’s. MidStrong is making Functional Fitness training safe and fun, and inclusive. He and his wife, Julie also own and operate MidStrong locally, their bricks and mortar business, previously called ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. It is a boutique fitness center specializing in training folks in and around Westborough through the challenges of midlife for more than five years.