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Self-Limiting Exercise is the Newest Trend in Fitness.

In the article in Men’s Fitness, “The Six Biggest Trend Shifts in Fitness” by Adam Bornstein, he talks about the different trends and about how to make your workouts better.

It states, “Movement—simply, being able to move athletically and without restriction—is becoming one of the biggest buzzwords in fitness. The better you can move, “the more likely you are to have less fat, more muscle, better cardio, and impressive flexibility,” says Mark Cheng, Ph.D., a human performance specialist in Los Angeles. Of course, all exercise involves movement, but most people have lost the ability to move correctly. Sitting at desks in front of computers causes muscle imbalances, poor posture, and, subsequently, bad movement patterns during exercise. As a result, you won’t get as much out of your workouts and can injure yourself. “Self-limiting” exercise is the prescription. These are movements that require “complete engagement,” according to Gray Cook, the founder of Functional Movement Systems, a group that educates trainers on movement pattern screening and assessment. Think about pushing a sled or performing an inverted row (where you hang underneath a bar, body parallel with the floor, and pull yourself up). If you can’t do the exercise with near-perfect form, you won’t be able to do it at all. If your hips are too high pushing the sled, you won’t be able to move it, and if your hips sag on the row, you can’t pull yourself up far enough. So what happens? You recognize your weaknesses, work to correct them, and customize your training. Movement-focused exercise is already popular in adventure races and mud runs, and in the obstacle courses you see on hit TV shows like American Ninja Warrior. These courses aren’t just great tests of fitness, but look like something out of Spider-Man. On a novice level, exercise classes are prescribing more movements associated with children’s games: Bear crawls, tree climbing, and carrying logs are all functional ways to build strength, stamina, and mobility while making training feel less like work and more like play.”

This is exactly what the Egoscue Method via Posture Alignment is designed to do…. Not only do we recognize your imbalances and weaknesses and/or cause for pain, but we educate you in the process. We explain why it’s happening and show and teach you how to fix it. We help you move better and progress you toward your goals. What if your goal was to run again, even though you had two knee replacements or a hip replacement? First, just because you had the replacement, doesn’t mean that it fixed the problem. Any time your posture is out of alignment – you stand the chance for injury, wear and tear, and compensation.

For example here is the picture to the article. First thing I see when I look at this picture is compensation. What is that? Another muscle that takes on a job it’s not meant to do in order to complete a task. Look at his feet, the right one is more everted (going outward) than the left. Then look at the knees, the right knee is also more externally rotated. This is a very common position for someone with a pelvic rotation. Maybe he doesn’t feel it, but continuing in this pattern overtime will cause pain and/or injury.

If you are interested in how you move, let’s schedule an appointment!

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