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  • Writer's pictureJoshua McDool

'High vs. Low Mileage' Exercises

Why do our programs contain a lot of band and bodyweight exercises, as well as lighter loaded tempo exercises?

The simple answer is that they are safer.

I listened to an interesting podcast episode (shoutout Joe DeFranco) today which explained 'high mileage vs. low mileage exercises' and thought it was a great analogy to share.

You lease a car, have an agreement for annual mileage, and if you exceed that at the end of your contract, you are penalised.

The more miles a car gains, the more problems begin to happen with it and the value decreases.

Your body is similar in a way, except you can't trade it in for a new one.

'Low Mileage' exercise examples

Band pulls, push-ups, pull-ups, slams, bodyweight squats and lunges, sleds, carries...

'High Mileage' exercise examples

Low rep/heavy loaded squats, deadlifts, chest and shoulders presses...

Speaking as a 30 year old with ongoing joint problems, who swore by doing 90% of the higher mileage stuff for ~10 years - it makes perfect sense.

There is a place for maximal heavy lifting and testing strength from time to time, but in a controlled and calculated manor. You have to prepare yourself and earn the right, or pay the consequences.

Including more of the exercises that don't 'rack up miles' and allow you to not only recover quicker, but do them more frequently and stay injury free, are exactly what general population clients need.

At a guess, the average age of my entire client roster is 35.

We are not only aiming to improve our own health, but we also have families to care for, social lives and important job roles/businesses that others depend on.

Injuries and set backs will not help any of those.

My aim is to keep your mileage as low as possible whilst getting you the absolute maximum benefits whilst with us.

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