Let’s play Desert Island!
You know what I’m talking about right? You’ve probably played this game with your friends, family, or even your spouse. It goes something like, “If you were stranded on a desert island, what [insert number] things would you have with you and why?”
Typical answers include:
The best aspect of this game is that it can be adjusted to accommodate any subject/topic. For example, you can play Desert Island Movies, Desert Island Books, Desert Island Foods, etc. The possibilities are endless, and it’s likely that you’ve played countless variations of the game, but have you ever thrown fitness into the mix?
If you could only do five exercises for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
Maybe you’re someone who loves powerlifting and all you need are the Squat, Deadlift, and Bench Press. Maybe you’re a weightlifter who can’t live without the Snatch, Clean, and Jerk. Maybe you’re a bodybuilder who lives and dies by split routines and isolation exercises. Or maybe you’re a Crossfitter who needs a little bit of everything. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, if you’re a fellow fitness enthusiast, this variation of Desert Island will become your new favorite, but do us a favor, don’t be the guy/gal who brings this up at birthday parties and holidays…no one likes that guy/gal.
Considering that we’ve developed multiple training programs, each with very specific intentions, it was difficult to determine the standards for our Desert Island Fitness list. After much deliberation, we decided to select the five exercises that we believe would cultivate the most functional and comprehensive fitness across a lifetime. For each exercise, we’ve included a brief explanation as to why we chose that movement, as well as the associated benefits/potential adaptations.
1. Clean and Jerk
Why the Clean and Jerk?
Why the Deadlift?
3. Front Rack Lunge
Why the Front Rack Lunge?
Why the Pull-up?
Why the Dip?
So, to recap, our five exercises are as follows:
Now it’s your turn!
Take a moment, think it through and if necessary, consult your training partner. If you could only do five exercises for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
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