New to Working Out? DO NOT Make These Common Mistakes!

Most people we see want to drop x% of body fat and look good naked. Guess what? Your posture is half the battle.

A good trainer will be able to help you achieve your goal, but should also be able to identify, as well as modify exercises and correct structural imbalances to avoid potential injury. When a muscle becomes locked short and tight, the antagonist (opposite) muscle often becomes locked long and weak. For example, in the common slouching in front of the computer posture, the trapezius is ‘locked long’, eccentrically loaded and strained, while the pectoralis minor will be ‘locked short’, concentrically loaded and bunched. This creates an imbalance in the body and increases fascial bonding and thixotropy of the surrounding intercellular matrix. In layman’s terms, the body often will reinforce these faulty recruitment patterns and lay down more collagen fibres around the awful position you sit in.

What is the danger of neglecting structural balance?

Now, imagine putting muscle on a structurally imbalanced person, let’s say, with typical forward head posture from a tight anterior chain, and weak, under-active posterior chain. You will start building muscle on the imbalanced foundation, displacing the spine more anteriorly, and putting pressure on the joints and ligaments. The long and weak muscles will be weaker and the short and tight muscles will become tighter.

No one should be doing plyometrics if they are not structurally balanced or able to squat 1.5x their body weight. Maybe you’ll see it performed by Instagram “fitness enthusiasts”, but that typically does not work for the general structurally imbalanced population who are doing jump squats with underactive gluteuses who slouch in front of their desk 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Our team of exercise coaches and therapists, we will help you reach your goals faster

Do you experience nagging shoulder pain? Weak upper back? Tight neck or hips? We’ll fix that first. Before an exercise program is created, we first assess your structural balance with functional movement patterns and static posture. Then we send you off to our Health Practitioners for an orthopaedic assessment and analysis. Using all the given information and your goals in mind, we then create a customized training program tailored for you.

So, will it take longer to reach my goal?

Absolutely not. Our clients typically drop 1-2% body fat every 2-3 weeks, demonstrate better posture, energy and lower their risk of injuries. If you want to experience it for yourself, come in for a complimentary consultation and a training session, on us.

You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Train smarter, not harder.

 

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