I got a new job at a gym recently, and have some questions about what they are instructing me to do.
1.) I told them I do my pressing movements with my elbows sem-tucked (45% or so), but they said this is not correct. They said most clients are focusing on body composition, and by tucking the elbows, your switching the emphasis to the shoulders and triceps.
2.) They are telling me that a chinup or pulldown with a supinated grip is just a row with extended ROM.
3.) They tell me that the line of pull is very important. What I mean is that when your benching or rowing, or doing pullups, there is really only one grip width that you should be using. The width that puts your forearms parallel to the movement.
Other than that, I tend to agree with everything they are teaching. These aren’t major things to me, and they’ll let me somewhat create programs for my clients, but I wanted to see what you guys thought about these issues.
I always focus on movements and not muscles, like horizontal press, horizontal pull, vertical press, vertical pull, leg exercises, full body explosive exercises, etc… (I dont tend to see much need to complicate things by saying, “well i need to have my client do shoulder abduction in the horizontal plane” or something like that)
As far as targeting body parts, like keeping the elbows out during a press to target the chest, I feel that almost all beginners shouldn’t be targeting chest, and would benefit far more from targeting the pressing musculature. Later on down the line, they can target the chest with their elbows out or flys.
What do you guys think?