Weight (strength) training without correct understanding of the musculo-skeletal system can result in imbalances that lead to pain and injury. What we look at in Myotherapy is maintaining muscle balance for ultimate structural alignment and range of motion, essential to our bio-mechanical functioning.
So many people routinely practice weight resistance training without the knowledge required to maintain structural balance, leading to poor flexibility, restricted range of motion and tightening that places on pressure on antagonistic muscle groups.
Though weight training correctly is one of the best ways to increase physical strength, correct posture and injury prevention, training without correct principles and technique can do more harm than good. What we do at Advanced Myotherapy is educate people in training principles that lead to postural balance and alignment.
Understanding the body is key to maintaining it’s balance, especially when it comes to weights training. We recommend generally taking care and being cautious with weights training, as we do with stretching and Yoga. Light reps in sets of 15 is a great way to begin a stable routine of building muscle strength.
While some personal trainers teach people to practice low reps with high weight, there is more chance of injury as a result of such training styles. We recommend gradual build up towards greater and greater strength and caution against injury. It is also important to keep in mind, our very motto “lengthen & strengthen”. While strength is vital for our muscle health, many people do not realise how equally important flexibility is.
Our philosophy is, as much as you strengthen, you Must lengthen the muscles! People generally do not stretch enough! So we recommend stretching for a good length of time in a gentle yet firm way, every time you train. Holding stretches for a long enough length of time is also vital, as this allows for the muscles to fully release and let go, to restore blood flow and circulation.
As weights tighten the muscles, they also shorten them, which is exactly why, when done incorrectly, they can so easily lead to muscle imbalances. So to prevent and correct this problem, we must maintain good flexibility with a stretching routine equal to our resistance training regimes.