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Learning through Movement

No matter what class you attend here at Shady Grove Strength, you can be sure that the Coaches will be keeping a watchful eye on you to ensure that you are moving well. Exercise and more specifically, Resistance Training, is especially good for the body and mind. In order for us to reap the full benefits of these movements, we need to learn the proper technique.

Why is it so important to have a Coach observing you and making adjustments and providing solutions? For the most part, you can tell if something hurts or is bothering you when you’re exercising, right? What you may not be considering though, is that there are a lot of things that can easily go overlooked. These “little things” can eventually become a big problem.

You see for many of us, it’s not ONE CATASTROPHIC moment that leads to an injury. It’s often times a series of days, weeks, months, or even YEARS of moving in sub-optimal ways that leads to a “cumulative injury”. A “straw that broke the camel’s back” type scenario. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one rep max Deadlift or a Push-Up. How you perform either one of those movements can impact how you feel and perform in both the short and the long term.

So with that in mind, it’s easy to see why having a trained Professional watching you and keeping you on the right track every time you step foot in the gym is important. This not only helps to decrease the risk of injury, it also helps ensure that you are maximizing your efforts and time.

“Whether it is “good movement”, or “bad movement”, your body is always learning”

When it comes to movement and exercise the body learns to perform through patterns, repetition, and recognition. You can try to think your way through any exercise, but ultimately you have to move in order for the body to truly learn the technique. Why is this important? Because how you choose to move and reinforce those patterns is directly tied to how you will perform them in the long run. Good or bad, your body will learn to do it one way or another.

I won’t get into the complexity of “good movement” versus “bad movement”, because that’s an entirely different topic which would require much more explanation. I think we can all agree that there are “optimal” and “sub-optimal” ways for each of us to move as individuals.

Having an experienced and trained Professional who can recognize your unique needs and help guide you down a better path is a tremendous asset. So while we don’t necessarily need to strive for perfection, it is a worthwhile pursuit to move as well as you can. Doing so will help ensure long term success on your fitness journey.

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