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Showing posts from December, 2011

The Problem

So, I’m on this corrective exercise kick because I recently got my NASM CES certification. The education brought up some good points though. Aside from the process used to guide clients towards more correct movements, there were some key identifiers that we as personal trainers, coaches, and athletes do not always address. For example, you’re doing a workout with squats and you hear feedback to stay on your heels. You try, you really do, but your heels don’t want to stay down. You hear that you need to push out on your knees. You focus on your knees and nothing happens. The inability to correct your technique may not be simply corrected just by identifying poor movement pattern. How’s that possible? If your heel is off the ground, it’s off the ground. Plain, simple. Wrong. Rather than dictate what is wrong, ask why is it like that? If it were so simple, saying “keep your heels on the ground” should have worked to correct the issue. What happens when you try to keep your …

You Are Your Worst Enemy

We are told to suck it up. Fight through the burn. Embrace the pain. All things which are true and necessary when you need to make improvements…to a point. You may not think of yourself as a person to take this to extremes, but you can easily desensitize yourself to yourself. Yeah. Crazy, right? Think about it though. You constantly struggle to make gains which means ignoring or bypassing that burning in your quads. It means you continue to run even when you feel out of breath. You see that you get better with your workouts, you’re feeling healthy. Then you plateau. Initial thought? You must need to push it even more. You need to go faster and lift heavier. Obviously, you’re slacking. Wrong (at least in some instances)! You may have been fighting through it so much that you forgot how to listen to your body. That burning sensation is actually a muscle strain. The sensation of being out of breath is a respiratory system infection. Your inability to lift like you used to i…