More Pull….. Less Push!
More Pull….. Less Push!
Do you sit at a desk all day? Do you drive in your car a lot through the day? Or both? Have you been injured at the gym from not lifting properly?
Don’t be this Guy!!!!!
Most of the clients I see have both Upper Cross Syndrome and Lower Cross Syndrome. This is from sitting for long periods of time, causing imbalances between opposing muscle groups. For example, most people have tight pec major or minor or both, and weak mid trap/lower traps and weak serratus. People who stand all day and hunch over a counter or do the same repetitive movement will also most likely have both syndromes!
We are all built differently. We may go on for years without injury. Others seem to get neck, low back, knee, and shoulder injuries on a regular basis. I’m going to discuss Upper Cross Syndrome. Most of us have it including myself. Most of what we do, whether its sitting, standing, driving a car, etc. is in a slouched position. Rounded shoulders, forward head posture & arms look like “monkey like”. Because of these things, it can produce headaches, shoulder impingements, weak shoulders, neck pain, mid back pain & lack of grip strength.
One of the biggest mistakes when starting to train, is not doing a Fitness Assessment. I see time and time again, people coming in and walking around aimlessly! Not sure where to start. I see people squat when they shouldn’t, see people ALWAYS doing the chest press machine when they shouldn’t, ladies going mad on the adductor machine when they shouldn’t and sticking to machines when they shouldn’t. Monkey see monkey do! Just because your friend is doing something doesnt’ mean you should!
I always suggest to see a qualified Personal Trainer/Coach who can do a full Fitness Assessment/movement screen on you before starting to workout. Doing this can give you the information you need to move forward, properly and in a direction that will get you to your goals.
It is pretty simple to make positive changes in your posture but most don’t take the time to do the things necessary to see these changes. In order to lift properly and do the exercises you should be doing like squats, deadlifts, rows etc., you need to stretch the tight muscles (pecs, neck, upper back, lats, hip flexors, adductors, TFL,lower leg and hips) and strengthen your mid/lower back, glutes, core, serratus, and VMO (tear drop muscle near inside the knee).
Sounds complicated and alot to do! But all is necessary! You can have a strong engine, but if everything surrounding that engine is not put together properly, eventually the shell will break down and that strong engine will be useless!
People have a misconception that Personal Training is just kicking someones ass and getting them to lose weight! Alot of yelling and counting! Personal Training (with the right qualified trainer) is much more than that! We can help make the body move better so as you age, you are able to do things that you may not have been able to do otherwise! Your body breaks down as you age! Get ahead of the game!
The right trainer will not only make you look fab and feel amazing, but we can also prevent and improve injuries, improve posture, lessen aches and pains, and allow you to lift, twist, bend and sit in day to day living without causing you agony!
Seek advice today and get on the right track!!