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Salvere Blog: Progress-ions — The What??

September 9, 2019
by Salvere Health and Fitness
progression of trees
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.

Salvere Blog: Progress-ions … The How

August 19, 2019
progression of treesUnderstanding now why progressions matter with regard to your movement plan, how do you begin to utilize them. Before digging in further, remember that progressions differ for everyone and every exercise. You can spend a lifetime working through movement so be sure to take your time and move forward when you feel ready.
Start by investigating the exercises you do regularly. Where do you experience discomfort or like something simply does not feel right when you do the movements? Write these things down and make some notes.
Once you determine the exercises that might need some extra work through assessing how your body feels, start to look at breaking the movements down into smaller pieces. You might need to back up some of the places you already went with the exercises.
For example, if you already tried jump squats but regular squats don’t feel great, temporarily back off of jump squats to practice the pieces of the regular squats to work through the form. It might take 6 months to a year to work through the progressions to get back to jump squats.
The hardest part of how with progressions is determining the pathway to get from the current movement abilities and moving to where you want to be. Helping you navigate the how and what of specific exercise becomes our responsibility as trainers. You can find various places to help you learn through a step by step approach to fitness. Keep in mind, form and mechanics first, intensity second. Next up, the what of progressions — we will break down some specific exercises into what the steps look like.
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.

Salvere Blog: Progress-ions… The Why

August 1, 2019
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Progression and your fitness program go hand in hand. How often do you think about and utilize the steps to learning a specific exercise? How often do you go to a workout and “just do what the instructor tells you”? How often in your fitness journey do you “get bored” and stop working out?
Anyone experience knee pain, low back “issues” or trouble lifting heavy things? Do you avoid squats “because they hurt my knees”?
Imagine doing the tasks of regular every day life and not noticing you have a back or knees, being able to stand up from sitting and go about what you wanted to do without your body feeling stiff and going on vacation and not avoiding an experience because your body will hurt afterwards.
As a trainer, I frequently see progressions focusing on form get overlooked and the progressions with intensity get over used. Do you recall a time you experienced something like this during a workout? How did you feel doing an exercise that felt uncomfortable (different then a good challenge!)?
So, now why do progressions matter? Progressions help to build a long term plan for movement progress, help work through some of those aches, pains and injuries to restore you to living your life as comfortable as possible and opens up opportunities for you to experience more! Next blog, the HOW of progressions —
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.