The Importance of Training Corresponding Muscles During Workouts

Trainers often tend to put emphasis on a certain muscle group one day and then another group a different day in order to drain the muscle and maximize growth. For example, Mondays might be dedicated to biceps while Tuesdays back etc. However, trainers are finding out that this method is not useful for total optimization, largely due to the muscles need for correspondence.

If, for example, a trainer works solely on his biceps and not the triceps to complement the training, he or she is likely to see fewer results as the body naturally acts to balance and create harmony within, including with muscles. If a guy is trying to get his biceps ripped while neglecting the triceps, the body asks itself why it is doing it and either rejects the need for putting on mass or sends the blood and energy accumulated into a different part of the body to balance things out.

In order to fix this the trainer would also have to work on the corresponding muscle, which in this case would be the triceps. After pumping the biceps to their max a trainer should then focus on the triceps to allow the blood flow to expand further in the arm. One cannot assume that the bicep has an infinite amount of space for holding so much blood and pumped up tissue after a workout, so sending a message that you want it also in another direction or space in the body is necessary. The advantage of doing it correspondingly is that it will make the area, which in this case is the arms, look bigger overall and more balanced with muscle. Doing so will also prevent the energy and blood from going elsewhere in the body.

The overall bigger factor also looks better, as the body looks more balanced. Many guys work on their biceps day and night and can’t figure out why they aren’t putting any muscle on. While recovery and diet may be factors, guys and gals need to make sure the whole arm is being worked on in order to bring it out and complement the other muscles found inside.

This is also very practical in terms of improving one’s overall lifting experience. Say a person wants to pump up their chest more but feels they are limited due to how much they can lift. If this person is stuck, likely he or she would have to work on the corresponding back muscle in order to make improvements. In this case, strengthening the back not only balances the upper body weight, it creates a stronger platform for any workouts with corresponding muscles. A person shouldn’t just have a huge chest and no back muscle. Some people get away with it but almost always have hunches, which is not good for overall health and workout development.

This mindset and training is what we call “Yin-Yang” training, in that for everything produced or existing there is a corresponding influence or energy. In this case, that energy is the associated muscles.

It’s also important to remember that the body works as an entire unit and therefore if one part is to work well the whole thing needs to be balanced. That’s why if something goes wrong with one part the entire thing is easily susceptible to shutting down or experiencing less-than-optimal performance. Using Yin Yang training in your workouts can help train the body to achieve better results and health, and can also bring out muscle groups more noticeable to achieve the results you are trying to achieve.

It should be added that if trainers have already been lifting improperly over length periods and finding they have cramps in their body that do not go away in addition to various posture issues, this likely means there is a yin-yang imbalance in the body physically. The imbalance can also affect the body’s overall energy flow, or Qi, so using Yin-Yang workout techniques coupled with some Qigong will help the body recover and optimize performance.

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