TRAIN FOR SYMMETRY AND BALANCE
Let’s face it, when it comes to exercise, many of us enjoy the challenge of lifting heavy weights, or working through fast paced routines involving whole body movements. If you’re medically fit, it’s appropriate to your level and goals, and workouts are well supervised, these types of programmes produce proven results. It is however important to devote some time in your weekly routine to perform exercises aimed at bringing balance to the body.
These less exciting routines may involve symmetry work, in which you work each arm and leg individually to minimize strength discrepancies in the different body planes and limbs. It may involve spending more time on weaker muscle groups, for example, hamstrings are often disproportionately weaker than quads and may require more work to balance those opposing muscle groups. Sometimes muscle groups are tighter than others, or one side of your body is tighter than the other and requires more mobility or stability work to balance things out. Sometimes larger muscle groups may be disproportionately stronger than the muscles that stabilize a joint. For example you may have strong pectoral muscles but weak scapula stabilizers, so you bench press big weights but without good enough shoulder stability making you vulnerable to injury.
One of the biggest causes of injuries is imbalance, instability and asymmetry in the body. Spend time every week on addressing these areas, doing the boring stuff, and working on moving properly, and your risk of injury will likely decrease while your overall performance will come on leaps and bounds. I’m always available if you need help.