Chances are you’ve done a bit of yoga or regular stretching and enjoy good overall flexibility. But is your flexibility such that it allows full range of motion within your specific sport or activity? Tightness has many places to hide and even tolerable tightness (i.e., seemingly free of pain or consequence) may be restricting your movement and costing you precious training time and fuel. Left unchecked, this tightness or limited flexibility can ultimately lead to injury.
Maximum mobility occurs only when you train across the three planes of movement: side to side, front to back, and rotational. When you’re weak or underdeveloped in one or more planes, your body learns to compensate by piling the work onto one area. This creates premature and unnecessary fatigue and essentially “turns off” unused muscle groups and tissues. Few people will notice this on their own, but the effects are there: inexplicable muscular pain or tightness, stalled performance progress, nagging injuries…all could be rooted in the failure to train (or simply move) across the planes.
At Energy Lab Training, we have the skills and education to identify these compensations and to teach you what to look for and how to enable more efficient movement. More efficient movement is a benefit to you whether you’re looking to pick up your kids without pain or aiming to improve your run times.
Our first item of business will be to evaluate your muscle flexibility. Why? Because short, tight muscles restrict movement and mobility, which translates to working much harder than you need to. Lack of flexibility can also cause discomfort and ultimately lead to injury. Our goal is long muscles. Long muscles are strong muscles that know not only when and how to perform, but how to communicate—they’re alert enough to call on stabilizing muscles for assistance, which distributes the workload and reduces fatigue and chance of injury.
During your assessment, we’ll identify areas of tightness and incorporate suitable mobility exercises into your coaching program. Where necessary we’ll recommend you seek the professional advice of a physical therapist or physician.