The 5 Types of Exercise

The 5 types of Exercises

There is so much information and advice about the right exercise, or what diet to do this month, or what you should and should’t be eating it’s hard to know where to look. Below we have condensed a few of this months most talked about topics.

Exercise is an ability to perform a certain physical task. This can mean the ability to hold the body in ideal posture, run or squat. Your fitness is your ability to carry out the physical task.


This is Exercises over 20 reps (over 90secs) which includes aerobic circuit training and more traditional exercises such as running, cycling etc.


Resistance is a technique to induce fatigue within the muscles It uses a certain movement between 1- 20 reps max (roughly). There are many factors that affect the benefits that come from resistance training such as exercise, reps, rest, volume. It can be manipulated to make you stronger, more toned, bigger (more muscle) or to increase endurance.

Core Training

This is simialr to resistance training but targets the core muscle area around your stomach.

Massage (Foam Rollers)

Massage entered the exercise field when foam rollers became part and parcel of every gym. While a foam roller is a self-massage technique any form of massage can be very powerfully integrated into fitness training. It is through tightness, spasm and loss of integrity in the muscular and fascial system that can create posture disturbances, pain and faulty movements. Through massage you can greatly improve flexibility. However it is a long way from traditional stretching and the success of it is about specific site massaging to realign posture and not general massage.

Muscle activation techniques

The ability to lift a certain weight is a measure of fitness. Whether this is a squat, press up or picking you child from the floor. Strength increases come when the right muscles are working. To ensure this happens you need to use muscle activation techniques. These range from decompressing joints to specific stretches to switch off a muscle and tapping techniques to activate a different muscle. Through using these techniques the same exercise, e.g. squat can have a completely different effect on the body.

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