Last time I explained some of the merits and pit falls of aggressive training. I’m going to follow that up by saying ‘please’ don’t overdo the training during your New Year resolution.
As a Biomechanics Coach I would love to see you as a customer (that is my profession after all) but on the other hand, most people contact me because they are already in pain. With that in mind, I would much rather see you fit and healthy instead of broken.
I try very hard to keep up with research and the latest trends so it won’t surprise you to hear that I have been spending part of my holiday reading research papers and blogs by other Personal Trainers and professionals.
It never ceases to amaze me though that so many of them seem to miss the point!
I was reading an article which highlighted the pitfalls of many different sports and activities which involve the same muscle groups each session. Before you start thinking “who in their right mind would do that?” consider the cyclist or the runner. Both sports involve a repetitive action and use, almost exclusively, the legs in dynamic or explosive actions.
Your mind will probably lead you to the conclusion that the upper body will be lacking the comparable strength of the legs, but have you considered that the repetitive action of the single sport may also exclude some of the leg, gluteal and stabilising muscles abound the hip and pelvis?
If your body and legs are used to travelling in a single plain (forwards, backwards, up or down)then it stands to reason that some of the muscles that move your legs sideways (in or out) may not be worked as hard as they need to be to keep the area stable and safe. The hip can move in several different directions so it is important to use all of the muscles in that area to maintain strength and mobility.
All too often, I hear of trainers encouraging runners to run faster or further but neglecting other movements.
Don’t get me wrong though, there are some excellent trainers and running clubs around that will understand the importance of muscles like the Gluteus Minimus or Medius which abduct (move the leg out to the side) and internally rotate the thigh.
There are exercises that can specifically train these muscles but the point I’m making is that running or cycling forwards are great exercises but the training needs to be more holistic if you are to avoid injury.
Apart from being a Biomechanics Coach, one of my other passions is Nordic Walking.
Unfortunately though, this sport has gained a reputation in the UK as being a nice gentle form of exercise suitable for the older exerciser.
The reality is that it has the potential to be a huge workout which can utilise 90% of the muscles in your body while at the same time, burn up to a massive 40% more calories than power walking or jogging.
I like it for many reasons and if you would like to give it a try then why not join my charity Nordic Walking session.
I have weekly sessions including Horncastle and Woodhall Spa so why not come along and join us?