A former football player, Matthew Soldier is an active young man who still maintains a great physique. Part of the motivation to staying in shape is because he harbors ambitions of playing in the Canadian Football League. He knows that playing professional football is an opportunity of a lifetime, and that often teams look for the fittest and smartest players.
To stay in shape, Matthew Soldier frequents his local gym to lift weights. For him, resistance training keeps his strength and core muscles in shape. While he is able to manoeuver around the various contraptions with ease, he often comes across new members of the gym who need a helping hand. Matthew doesn’t shy from helping, and along the way dispenses the following nuggets of wisdom.
Focus on compound exercises
To gain strength and increase muscle, Matthew Soldier advises individuals to focus on compound exercises such as the deadlift, squat, bench press, and overhead press. Such exercises make use of a multiple muscle groups at a time, and thus are able to elicit the most effective muscular response than simple exercises like the bicep curl.
While modern advancements in weight training have introduced a number of weight lifting machines and equipment, Soldier advocates using free weights. He knows that while exercise machines make movement much easier, they compromise on an individual’s ability to naturally learn proper form, not to mention hinder maximum improvement in balance and core strength.
“Aim to make use of free weights for all your exercises if you can,” he says.
Matthew Soldier is a 22-year old entrepreneur who has always appreciated and advocated for a healthy lifestyle. Growing up, he was involved in numerous sports (hockey, football, and baseball), and even played for the local football club. While he moved around a lot in his life, one thing that remained constant was his love for sports.
In recent years, he has discovered mixed martial arts, thanks in part to the growing popularity of the sport. As more than just an avid fan, Matthew Soldier appreciates the fitness benefits that come with training in mixed martial arts. He offers some of these benefits below.
One of the main reasons many people embrace mixed martial arts is the opportunity to learn self-defense. Being able to defend yourself against danger, especially from muggers, is a handy skill that will also enable you face numerous situations without fear.
Mixed martial arts training helps you build your strength and cardiovascular system in ways you never thought possible. The plethora of training drills will keep your lungs panting and muscles burning. As Matthew Soldier has witnessed, the training intensity is especially helpful for anyone looking to get in shape quick.
An often underappreciated aspect of mixed martial arts is the ability to keep participants interested. Where some fitness enthusiasts can find the repetitiveness of jogging or cycling boring after a while, mixed martial arts incorporates numerous activities that are bound to keep you happy and motivated for the long term.
Soldier enjoys any opportunity to compete, and can often be found engaging in Judo and Jui Jitsu competitions.