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Strengthen What’s Weak; Loosen What’s Tight

You’ve been training for 20 years, maybe 30. You’re strong, in much better shape that your co-workers. But where’s the payoff? Your back hurts as bad as the next guy’s, heck, maybe worse. You know it’s been worth all the effort, you just know it. I mean… right?

We’ve been talking about steps needed to take to bring things back to the upside. One of the ideas that’s floating to the top is that after decades under the bar, without doing anything to strengthen the smaller muscles, the big movers are strong and they sort of take over and do all the work. The smaller stability muscles weaken and sometimes stop firing entirely. We need to fix that.

Then, in a lot of cases with us doing the same exercises over and over, we’re building a case for decreasing joint mobility.

Even more likely these days, it’s a case of plain old sitting too much. Hey, what are you going to do? You have a job that requires sitting at a desk, right?

Here’s what you’re going to do; you’re going to find the problem areas and fix ‘em. You don’t have to get a new job—hopefully. You just need to strengthen what’s weak and loosen what’s tight, get the joints back in full range of motion and when you do, it’s pretty likely that nagging ache will fade into a memory.

We’ll be talking about this stuff a lot more in the coming months and years. In the process, we’ll introduce and link you up with some of the guys doing remarkable work in this fascinating new field, guys who do hands-on work, who’ve written books, articles and dvds, and who give seminars on this emerging field of structural assessment. During the course of the past few years, and projecting ahead another year or two as the dust settles, we’re getting to the place where the common person can sort this out without memorizing anatomy. It’ll tax you a little, but won’t push you over the edge.

Meanwhile, John Izzo has started a great thread in the forum with his article “5 Exercises Everyone Should Perform.” In it he describes the foundation you can use to fix a broken body that works well in the gym, but flounders through the rest of your daily life.

The thread then goes on to develop the thoughts of how and when to train spinal rotation, and provides an introduction to faulty movement patterns. That’s going to be the base of a whole lot more conversations that will set your brain afire. Until then, join us in the forum to develop the discussion, and feel free to ask your questions there.

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