Possess True Stability Before Exercising

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“Stability is the ability to hold a position in the presence of full range of motion. If you don’t have full range of motion, you will have some type of skewed stability. If your end ranges are not clear or have pain/restriction, your entire sense of proprioception through the whole span of motion will be skewed in some way with muscles not doing what they’re supposed to be doing.” – Gray Cook

This is absolutely imperative and true for exercising and performing effectively in any setting. It makes obvious sense that without full range of motion you will have some sort of skewed stability that cannot be seen by the naked eye. If you have pain then the instability may be more noticeable. For example, if you have pain in your right shoulder, then while lifting external loads with your right arm/hand you will likely be unable to generate as much strength and power as you are truly capable of. In addition, you may display an “awkward lift” due to the lack of range of motion. Therefore, an important point to understand is that during the entirety of your lift there will be varying levels of compensations happening all over your body; which is an indication that you are fighting against your body in order to complete the lift as satisfactory as possible. In other words, your other muscles will be doing things they “should not be doing” while the main muscles involved in the lift will be ill-activated or not doing what they are suppose to do.

Try to correct yourself and achieve the proper range of motion for your whole body before attempting to exercise seriously. This will in turn decrease your risks for injuries in the future.

~Open Our Minds


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