Functional Movement: Manage Our Minimums to Achieve our Maximums

Posted: March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“We must manage our minimums to effectively achieve our maximums.” – Functional Movement Systems

 This critically means we need to address all of our weakest links in order to create a stable foundation for us to begin to add load and weight on our bodies. Human bodies are probably the most versatile beings in the world because they can grow, change, and adapt to various kinds of stresses and forces placed on it. However, this also means we should be cautious on how much and when we load our bodies because even the smallest mistake can lead to a large injury. Weak links include muscle imbalances, left and right asymmetries, restricted range of motion, and simply tightness and stiffness. We must manage all these “minimums” in order to create that stable base we require in order to exercise safely and effectively. For example, if you cannot do an Active Straight Leg Raise on one side of the body then you have an asymmetry in your lower body (hips/legs etc). Whether this is due to muscle imbalances, decreased range of motion or tightness/stiffness is the second question. Here are some reasons why you might not be able to do the ASLR: You could have tight hamstrings (often viewed), tight hip flexors (iliacus/iliopsoas), or tight lumbar muscles (back is arched); or you could have an anteriorly rotated pelvis which causes the back muscles and hamstrings to have reduced stretch and also the anteriorly rotated pelvis can prevent the leg from raising further than it should be able to.
~Open Our Minds
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