Salvere Blog: Progress-ions — The What??

by Salvere Health and Fitness
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Finally we get to the what — Digging into the details of what progressions look like and specific examples of putting them into action. Remember, apply the same thoughts to movement that you do to learning anything else… It’s a step by step process, some steps taking longer to learn then others. To understand progressions, we will look at two exercises in more depth, the squat and the plank.
First, the squat. How many people “can’t squat cause it hurts my _____ .”? To determine the appropriate progressions, start with when, where and for how long the hurt started. Can you pinpoint it to a specific situation, accident or did it just start? Remember, you body uses pain to indicate something is not right. Next look at squat form and alignment while doing the movement.
Lets go with squats bother your knee. If your knee falls in, we would look at maybe some isolated strength in the outside of your glutes or some tightness in the inner thigh. If squats bother the top or front of your knee, we would look at maybe tight quadricep muscles, strength in the hamstrings and/or glutes. Using these squat examples, we would build the progressions around addressing the tight and weak areas for several weeks or months then look at the squat again to see how it felt. Doing jump squats prior to addressing these issues would be an example of a progressions too advanced for what the body feels ready to attempt.
Now the plank. Do planks bother your low back? Or shoulders? Or you can’t hold it for very long? Again, first we would address the pain and form to see if we could make a few simple adjustments. If not, we move on to finding the appropriate challenge position. Starting from the elbows being elevated on a bench, then moving to the floor on elbows and knees then to toes and elbows. Once you perfect these steps, then look at moving on to something more advanced like raising an arm or leg, moving side to side or even attempting mountain climbers or burpees.
The process of building movement based on progressions takes time and patience, just like learning any other new skill. Where can you look into your exercise program and build in opportunities for progressions with your exercises? How can you apply the perspective of learning with movements? Patience and practice!
by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. To contact, email lisa@SalvereHealthandFitness.com or call 443.340.2969.
We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

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