9 Fitness Trends Top Trainers Hope to Go Away in 2022

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WORK YOUR ‘HEART’

Dan John, world-renowned strength coach, author and athlete who simplifies the complexities of health and fitness: @coachdanjohn

People worry too much about “basic training” – a term that is abused and overused. The word had sunk into the public consciousness. Moms quickly added it to their list of things they should worry about in the development of their children.

There is a lot of disagreement as to what constitutes the core. Olympic champion weightlifter Tommy Kono once said that the hips are the real core, and I can’t disagree. In fact, apart from the arms and legs, I think everything else in the body is the “core”.

Watching people get off the ground (a major key to indicating overall body strength), I’ve noticed that most people think the front of their neck is the core. It’s always the first to move.

All those years of cracking had taught them to move their heads first. The human head weighs eight pounds as we learned from the movies, and it’s often used as a cheat in many exercise programs.

I teach, first and foremost, that the body is one piece. This is my take on the term “core”. The currently accepted definition relegates it to Frankenstein’s monster approach to lifting: arm day, leg day, rhomboid day – and, alas, core day.

You can train the core with farmer walks, Olympic lifts, even deadlifts, to name a few. Whole body training always trumps this notion of parts. But whatever you do in 2022, just stop saying “heart.” I hate that.

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