Posture and muscle balance are the key to core stabilization, pain free movement and a strong body.
Over time, most people develop bad habits, such as sitting for long periods of time or hunching over to read. They may seem natural, but these habits put strain on your body. This can lead to muscle imbalances – over straining of some muscles and tightening of others. When that happens, other muscles step in to compensate for them. Short term, it lets the body function and get the job done, but long term it can cause poor posture and susceptibility to injury and pain, such as head, back, neck or knee pain.
Both men and women can be affected by muscle imbalances and poor posture, but women have more influences in their lives that put them at higher risk. The natural design of a woman’s body and lifestyle habits contribute to these differences. Women require an even more specialized and personalized program. Few trainers truly understand these differences and how they affect proper training.
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You may not have found the fountain of youth, but you can turn back the clock! It is never too late to reap the benefits of a fitness program tailored to your needs. Not only does activity help to moderate the loss of muscle mass and strength but it can prevent and even reverse some of the effects of aging. Strength training programs have been shown to significantly decrease the risk and symptoms of diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, lower back pain and arthritic discomfort.
Posture and Corrective Conditioning Training Phases
Phase 1: Posture (Professional assessment and corrective exercise training) Rehab (Physio/osteo) therapies (if necessary)
Phase 2: Spinal stabilization, core, functional training (daily transition) Flexibility (injury prevention, posture, imbalances, relaxation)Cardio (general health, diabetes, weight loss, hyper/hypotension)
Phase 3: Training (primary and secondary goals)
Phase 4: High level functional training (advanced)Intensity, direction, speed agility, balance, sport specific orientation, Dynamic training, movements and techniques