As I get deeper and deeper into the realm of assessments, I am increasingly becoming aware of the ways in which muscle imbalances affect our overall fitness and health. Many of you are working hard in the gym: spinning, TRX, Targeted, Tabata, Cardio Kick, etc! But, do you take the time to think about how you are moving (or in some cases not moving) when you are not inside the walls of 50/50? Our posture and movement patterns carry through our day to day life, and for most of us, there are 23 hours a day that we are not at the gym.
One of my mentors, Dr. Brent Brookbush, has a lot to say (and write) about postural dysfunction. Much of his research is based on creating exercises and techniques that improve posture, and thus movement and performance, to reduce injury and pain (both chronic and acute). We spend a lot of time thinking about improving our cardiovascular capacity, strength, and maybe even balance and flexibility, but most of us spend little time and energy on improving our daily posture and movement patterns.
This week I encourage all of you to actively think about your posture and movement when you are not at the gym. Are you slumped over the computer? Do you spend too many hours sitting? If I were to look at your foot-steps in the sand would they be straight or would one side toe-out or in? The first step to correcting these postural dysfunctions is awareness. Many of you will be able to correct some of these patterns once you are mindful of them. If the dysfunction is deeply ingrained in our muscle memory, maybe it is a good time to think about personal training Beyond providing you with a butt-kicking workout, our personal trainers specialize in providing corrective exercises to address muscle imbalances, postural dysfunction, and issues with movement patterns. Also, we now offer Functional Movement Screening (FMS), an objective screening tool that measures seven movements that are key to daily life, and determines if those movements are optimal, acceptable, or dysfunctional. Ask us about this cool new service.
I know you’ve heard me say it in spin class, but this week I want your motto all day to be: “Proud chest, shoulders back, breathe!”