Improper Form Equals Mediocre Results by Christa Fobbs
Well, what sets one individual apart from another in the gym is the quality of movement. Movement mechanics has a direct impact on how the body functions to perform movement. Faulty movement mechanics lead to muscle imbalances and ultimately injuries. In addition, mediocre strength gains occur because of the lack of attention to details pertaining to form, tempo, and progression.
Often times a person is unable to successfully maintain a fitness regimen in the gym without developing some form of injury or setback, all because that person failed to pay attention to the quality of their movement. Also, most, if not all people come into the gym with pre-developed muscle imbalances, incurred from repetitive movement, injuries, or faulty movement patterns. These muscle imbalances really need to be addressed as part of a corrective exercise program, which involves self-myofascial techniques combined with static stretching.
Self-myofascial release, when used regularly, breaks up the adhesions or knots formed in overactive, tight muscles, consequently releasing muscle tension and allowing the muscles to be stretched uninhibited, producing greater flexibility. This improved flexibility brings balance back to the body and allows the weaker muscles a better opportunity to be built up properly through resistance training. Once those imbalances have been addressed, the body can function at a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness. So the starting point of any workout is addressing muscle imbalances first. Once addressed, you can focus on form, tempo, and progression.
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