The foam roller has become a popular item in local gyms and weight rooms over the past few years. Everyone from first-timers to elite level athletes recognize the value in spending some time rolling back and forth on the brightly colored tubes, slowly working out the knots and releasing and loosening the myofasical tissue.
So the other day I went through some exercises that are designed to correct muscle imbalances specifically found in the chest and back area that can affect movement at the shoulder. Today it’s all about the lower back and how to correct low back arch.
There’s nothing worse than walking out of the gym thinking welp, that was an hour of Netflix time I’ll never get back. Sure, there’s no such thing as a bad workout, but there is such thing as a great one. The good news? Every workout can feel extra satisfying with a few clever tweaks to make your gym session work harder for you.
Flexibility training is very important and the many benefits include decreased risk of injury, decreased chronic muscle tension, decreased low-back pain, and increased functional ability. Stretching is a very effective way to increase flexibility even as age increases. When performing stretching, the focus should be on muscle groups (joints) that have a reduced range of motion. Stretching should be performed a minimum of 2-3 days a week.
As we get older those little annoying aches and pains start adding up. Why oh why am I working out and taking care of myself only to feel 10 years older than I really am? And it’s little wonder too. We have jobs that have us stare at a computer all day or manual labour jobs that have us performing repetitive movements day after day…what’s a body to do? A common complaint is a stiff neck and it is often associated with what is called Upper Crossed Syndrome characterized by a rounding of the shoulders and a forward head.
i'm not going to leave you in suspense. It's the warm up. It's often the most neglected part of anybody's training routine. The purpose of the warm up is too take the blood which is surrounding your vital organs and push it to your extremities, being your arms and legs. No 5 minutes on the treadmill doesn't count. Another purpose of the warm is too strengthen our weakness/muscle imbalances.