When it comes to doing activities you love, it’s important to strengthen your body to achieve your goals, allowing you to participate in those activities pain-free. However, could you be implementing a strategy that is going more harm than good? Your good intentions see you going to the gym three times a week, but are you focusing on the right areas?
Let’s use Mike as an example:
Mike is a
passionate long-distance runner. From beach runs to trail runs, he does it all.
He hits the gym three times a week and works his quads, hamstrings and calves.
Why does he focus on these areas? Because these are the areas that need to be
strong to be a great runner! However, Mike runs daily, so those muscles are
already strong; and although a little extra strength work isn’t bad for him, he
is shifting his focus away from areas that truly need strengthening – such as
his abs and glutes. Over time, his strong muscles get stronger and stronger,
and you guessed it – his weaker muscles get left by the wayside. The result?
Injury, muscle compensation and other issues that prevent Mike from running, the
outcome he was ultimately trying to avoid.
This is where Physiotherapy comes in…
Here at Invictus, our therapists are not only Physiotherapists, but passionate Personal Trainers and exercise enthusiast. When you visit Invictus, our therapists will assess your body, chat through your goals and create a formula for success both in and out of the gym.
Understanding your body
Having a thorough understanding of your body, the exercises you need to focus on and the muscles you need to strengthen or lengthen will transform you into both a stronger and safer physical performer. Injuries will become less frequent and those activities you love will continue to be a major part of your life.
Perfecting your form
Closely linked to the above point on understanding, our therapists will evaluate your form in a variety of positions and exercises to ensure you are getting the most out of your regime while doing so in the safest way possible. It is amazing how much you can get out of an exercise when your form is on point.
Encouraging safe movement
The body is a complex and intricate machine, whose moving parts all come together to work harmoniously (we hope!) Sometimes when you feel weak or injured, you are unsure whether you should continue training, or take a rest – which is a really good question! The answer? Sorry, there is no black and white answer. Recovery through gentle movement is sometimes the best way to go, whilst at other times, rest is required. It is impossible for you to truly understand what your body needs at all times – which is why we are here to help. We can make sure you are doing all that you can to be safe, strong and active whether you are in the gym or running on Port Beach.
So instead of thinking of Physiotherapy as a ‘road to recovery’ and someone you only see when you become injured, think of it also as a prevention strategy. By understanding your body and creating an exercise plan to suit your needs and goals, you will be kicking goals faster, swimming further and sprinting to the finish quicker than ever before.