Should I modify my exercises while working out?

Modification…YOU CAN DO IT!

There are two types of people: those who are know it’s okay to modify and those who think modifying means they aren’t good enough.

If you are a perfectionist, like I used to be, I wanted to do the exercise move exactly how it was demonstrated to me.  Even if there was a demonstration of how to modify right after it.  For me, I had a silly ego to uphold and so I never used to modify.

giphySince then I have learned that modifying wins over getting injured and being stuck recovering from an injury.
Overall the reason for modification is to ensure you can continue to make progress.  Whether you are recovering from an injury, too tired in a workout, out of shape, or whatever the reason is, you’re only in competition with yourself.  The goal is to improve and build on success.

1421427791905When I first started doing P90X, I couldn’t do a single pull-up, so I had to use resistance bands instead.  Eventually over the course of 90 days, I very slowly was able to start doing pull-ups as I built up my strength.

If your goal is weight loss, the most important thing for you to do is keep your heart rate in the correct zone for you. Even if you are modifying, do your best. giphy-2

Overall, know your limits, check your ego at the door, compete only with yourself, and be consistent.  After breaking through any mindset barriers of modifying, it will be a skill you’ll always need to have in your back pocket.

Much Love,

Jeff Grube
Independent Team Beachbody Coach
Diamond Coach

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