Jumping, sprinting, running, and lifting big things off of the ground. That is what people think of (mainly the fourth one) when the words "conditioning" or "fitness" are mentioned. At Unlimited Personal Training we drive home the concept of staying on course and follow the program to the best of your abilities in order to achieve the goal or goals initially set at the start. A massive amount of attention to detail and an ungodly level of motivation are both required to follow through and cross the finish line in whichever race is being completed. Most of you reading this are already clients of ours, which means that motivation is there and ready to be utilized. The attention to detail is partially why you comb the internet, finding ways to lose 10 pounds or "get the beach body," and hopefully what led you to this particular article (one of many in this newsletter). One detail this article will reveal to you is your need to protect one of (if not the most) important parts of your body: the spine.
As the coaches and trainers of Unlimited PT will repeat time after time, protecting your spine must be continuously performed and maintained. For those who have stepped into the Glastonbury location and ever trained under me, you have heard either once or a thousand times to either "draw in," "pull your shoulders back," "spread the floor with your feet," and "tuck your chin in." These cues, or variations of these cues, are universally used by any and every strength and conditioning professional who desires to keep their athletes or clients healthy and safe while working on their specific goal.
As famed physiotherapist Dr. Kelly Starrett stresses again and again, keeping athletes healthy while training is a very important constituent to training. His work with some of the most extreme and broken athletes in the world (Crossfit Athletes) along with professional football teams, armed forces, and powerlifters has proven very beneficial. By protecting the spine with a technique known as bracing our clients can continue to train with a consistent intensity (instead of taking a week or two off and setting back goals by weeks or even months).
The point is at Unlimited PT we want our clients to maintain AND improve their current fitness and wellness levels. One should not be sacrificed for the other! By employing bracing through various exercise patterns such as squatting, rowing, and running the chance of injury occurring is lowered dramatically. Protect your spine while engaging in physical activity of any sort is paramount, so stay on the upward climb towards your set goal and keep fit and functional!