We all have dominant muscles—big, overused muscles that want to control our movement. Unless we train our minds and bodies to innervate or “recruit” underutilized muscles, a lateral pull-down to work your back muscles, will work your upper shoulders instead. And those crunches, you’re probably working your rectus abdominus muscles, when you should be working your TVA (transversus abdominis).
Have you ever looked around in the gym and seen someone doing a push-up with their head hanging down, shoulders up by ears and low back arched excessively? Well, that is probably also the way that person is going to look when they stand back up and move through the rest of there life – shoulders hunched, head forward and protruding tummy.
Every movement we make impacts change on the body. If we don’t have proper body mechanics when we are doing cardio that will be reflected in the shape of our body. The way you perform movements from walking around to lifting weights determines the results you will get.
Our bodies are educated through our brains. It’s true. New neural pathways must be created to enable appropriate movement, and this process takes time and repetition. In other words, patience and commitment. Everybody wants a better body yesterday, but only when we take time to bake in appropriate technique, will we achieve results that endure even during breaks from exercise.
To re-educate your body and neutralize undesired movement patterns, start with small, controlled movements. Once you learn proper body mechanics you can apply this awareness to all modalities of movement, from intense runs to challenging strength workouts. You cannot, however, teach your body new patterns during an extremely challenging workout—that education must be done at the fundamental level and then applied to more vigorous workout when you’re ready.
In addition to producing the body type you want, precise movement supports the important joints of the body also prevents injury. Take a body squat, for example. Do you shift your knees beyond your toes? If so, you’re putting unwelcome stress on your joints, risking injury to your knees, spine and hips. Movement is a lifelong pursuit. The more precise we are in our movement the longer we are able to maintain optimal health.
Now you should understand why we tell our clients at RedBird Pilate and Fitness “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.”