Monday, June 25, 2012

Muscle Imbalances

Yes we all have them!!!! Even trainers! If you are not sure what I am talking about, let me explain...It is usually the first thing that a trainer will look for when they meet with you. It is easy to detect when you do certain exercises and helpful to know when starting a training program. The professional term is "postural deviations," and these should be corrected first before building strength. Having minimal muscle imbalances will allow you to train correctly, use better form, and reach your goals, be it increase in strength, speed, size more safely and effectively. I have a few noticeable imbalances, one is caused by the structure of my body so can not be fixed, but the other few are injury related, so they can be fixed with certain exercises and strengthening the muscles that have not been isolated and trained specifically.
It is important to be aware of any imbalances so you can get the most out of your workouts. Many people get frustrated because they want to jump right into training and workouts, but correcting and imbalances truly is the foundation of fitness and must be done before anything else. Trust me, if anyone understands the frustration of not being able to jump into doing squats and bicep curls it is me. However, I have recently started adding some corrective exercises to my workouts in an effort to strengthen certain muscles and correct the imbalances and I highly encourage others to do the same!

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