Have Balance?

If during a normal static posture moment the muscles of one side of a joint are shorter and tighter than what should be their normal range, there has most likely been compensation on the other side of the joint. This means that the joint is continuously being pulled out of its normal range and muscles are not working in their optimal range. 

***Majority of athletes I see have problems like this. YET… They want to train hard as hell and push it daily “No Pain No Gain”! This isn’t what I advise or support and strongly advise all Greenstrength followers to put more “attention with intent” in their movement/mobility/stability/flexibility.

Here is an example. Bench Press

Many lifters have spent years trying to grow the bench without ever balancing out the antagonistic work on the other side. In this case the lifter has tight pecs and keeps going on progressing the bench press instead of switching the focus for the time being on scapular adduction work (the antagonistic action). Why is this bad? Well because the shoulders are actually being pulled forward and tugging the shoulder girdle out of place. During movements it also means one side of the joint is stronger than the other. Muscle imbalances such as this can easily lead to injury when you move into the weak range with force or power (something you definitely do in sports or competition). 

Balancing acts like this don’t just work on muscles etc. To fully reach a high performance / high health state this balancing act must be applied in all aspects of training and life. The moment life brings to much added stress away from the gym its probably optimal to reduce volume in the gym etc. 

Stop concerning yourself on certain exercises and start concerning yourself with how your bodies balance inside and out is coming. Are you moving better, feeling better, standing taller, recovering faster? If so, chances are you are correcting some of these imbalances in the process. Keep it up! 

Agonist – Antagonist: Not just with the muscles but in life as well!

 

 

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