Boom – time to shatter your beliefs

I (Body Centric) believe that we (humans) do not need to accept the limitations of pain, restrictions of movement and fear get in the way of us (humans) living the life we choose to live.

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I (Body Centric) challenge current beliefs of ‘it’s just the way it is’, ‘its’ an age thing’ and ‘my Doctors says so’ and look for ways that we (humans) can fix our physical (body) and mental (how we see things, what we believe) selves, moving through and beyond our limitations.

 

 

I (Body Centric) unearth, learn and incorporate holistic approaches to wellness; Mobility (of joints, body, function), Strength (the new range of motion, joints, neuromuscular), Movement (incorporating mobility and strength to move and function without pain and restrictions) and Performance (do everything better; daily functions, sports, life). I (Body Centric) offer personal training, workplace wellness and small group classes to share this knowledge and give you a toolbox to fix yourself.

We (All Humans) have the ability to live without pain and limitations.  It doesn’t come in a pain med prescription or a doctor who is telling you that you have no other choice.  It isn’t as easy as swallowing a pill, it will take effort and commitment.  Be brave, ask questions keep seeking the answers – live the life you want to live!  Stand up and punch those old ways of thinking and giving up in the nose – BOOM!

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Why train your glutes?

The ‘gluteals are a pretty dynamic group of muscles, three of them in fact; gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. They work together with various other muscles to allow movement through the hip.  If they are not working as they were designed to work, something else in our body needs to make up for them.  Pretty simple.

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Having poor development of the glutes could be they are weak or they don’t work optimally, this could mean that other various joints will suffer (including the spine, shoulder, knee, ankle).  Yes, the glutes (or lack of well enough developed glutes) could be causing that knee twinge, lower back ache or even that shoulder issue you are complaining about.

So before I get into actual glute training exercises (that’s for another day), I want first to give you a few more benefits of training those lovely three muscles.

  1. Better movement: your gait (stride) will improve, you’ll find you move with more ease and more power.
  2. Reduction in lower back pain: if your glutes are strong enough to support both your movement requirements, your smaller muscles of the lower back won’t need to compensate.
  3. Knee pain will be reduced or eliminated: the glutes work in harmony with other muscles to control movement through and around your knee, if they are not able to do their job, pain can (and will) likely show up in or around the knee.
  4. Better lower body alignment thorough better hip stabilization: this reduces the occurrence of shin splints, ACL tears and sprains, IT band tightness and even Planter Fasciiltis.
  5. Burn more calories, efficiently: when you work and develop your glutes, you are working the biggest muscle group in the human body.
  6. Well trained glutes = nice butt:  need I say more.

Now running off and doing 100’s of squats, though great for strengthening these three essential muscles, there are some things that you should address first.    Number one should be your mobility.  If the joints required to move while you work to strengthen are all gummed up, guess what, there are more problems heading your direction.  Secondly is choosing the right exercise for you; hip bridges, squats (front or back, low or high bar), lunges, deadlifts or a combination of all.  Next time!  Can’t wait that long… reach out to me and I’ll give you some direction.

When your body stops compensating

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In the Mobility world, I hear it often; ‘our bodies are really great at compensating for restrictions, tightness and injuries – then it just gives up’.  Boom – you are seriously injured.  Could be a knee, shoulder or hip.  If you are lucky and smart about it, you recover and get back to doing what you want to.   Unfortunately there are times when surgery is unavoidable.

The prospect of surgery is a tough thing to accept, specifically for those who very active athlete types.  This is not the time to just give up and wait out the inevitable however.  Our friends over at Mobility WOD shared a wonderful info graphic with us and we’d like to pass it on to you.

Working on your Mobility may very well go a long way to preventing injuries that may lead to surgery.  This very same work may see the need for surgery alleviated altogether. But if you find yourself on the surgery route, understand that there is a great deal you can still be (and should be) doing.