Happy New Year Folks! It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day and everyone at Iron Bodyfit USA is super stoked about what’s to come. With the launch of a number of Iron Bodyfit locations in South Florida in Q1 and Q2 of this year – what’s not to be excited about?!
In today’s blog article, we are going to speak about how Iron Bodyfit can help almost anyone’s gym routine and workout program. But first, let’s start by asking the following question.
This varies by person. Whether you are an avid Peloton spinner, frequent at Yoga class or enjoy traditional weight lifting, we’ll tell you why EMS technology at Iron Bodyfit can benefit almost anyone. Regardless if your strength is Pilates, jogging or performance training a great rule of thumb for results at the gym or “gainz” as the online community loves to call it is variety. When you mix up your work outs, you continue to shock your system and challenge muscle groups that you don’t normally work out. This happens because most of us get comfortable within our own programs and quite often don’t work with a personal trainer. Our lack of creativity and busy way of life allows us to do more traditional routines. Even those who may train with a Pilates or Yoga instructor may find that classes (Bikram Yoga comes to mind) can be repetitive.
VARIETY IN TRAINING, STABILZING MUSCLE GROUPS AND PATTERN OVERLOAD
The kinetic chain has been divided and segmented into individual muscle groups. This seems to be a big habit of modern society as we have done the same thing with our modern medical system. We have biceps, triceps, shoulders and lats just as we have primary care physicians, ear nose and a throat doctors, rheumatologists, urologists, etc. When in actuality both the human body and our health work on a more holistic model. What do we mean by that? A holistic model simply means that everyting is interconnected. Just as our organs affect each other, so do our muscles or chains as we’d like to call them.
THE KINETIC CHAIN
The human body consists of having a number of movement patterns in a number of different planes of motion. These planes include frontal plane (side to side movements) , sagittal plane (forward and back) and the transverse or rotational plane. The popularization of body building by the likes of moguls like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Cutler created such impressive and jaw dropping results, people wondered as to how achieve such great results. The idea behind body building is to isolate each muscle group in order to achieve hypertrophy. Hypertrophy is simply the scientific way of saying a muscle is gaining mass, or growing. Unfortunately, for the average Joe and Jill, isolating your muscle groups can actually be detrimental to your posture and gait (the way you walk). Streamlining of body building lead to the popularization of weight lifting machines that you see in most mainstream gyms today such as LA Fitness, Equinox, etc. Only recently have more functional studios been opening in more progressive cities. The masses are beginning to awaken to the fact that foam rolling, stretching and functional training are imperative to long-term health.
The body works in a number of different chains and patterns. Some of the most common are known as push and pull chains. By taking the kinetic chain into consideration, you can build mightily powerful workouts, burn more calories, avoid injuries and build a better way of life.
What is pattern overload? Let’s paint you a couple of examples. Let’s say you’ve been jogging 6 mile runs, 3 times a week for 8 weeks. All of a sudden, you have some soreness in your right or left knee. You think its just runners knee or something mild, so you take some time off. You feel better but after your first time back to your 6 mile habit, your knee hurts again. You now feel like you have an acute injury, but this injury developed over time. Since a majority of people neglect to train with a personal trainer, they in effect neglect to respect all phases of training. Thats stabilization, strength and power. In addition, since we are naturally creates of habit, we stick to what we are good at or comfortable with. A person jogging 3-5 times a week is way better suited reducing 1, 2 or even 3 of those jogs out of their routine and replacing it with a stairmaster, bike and a decently written leg / total body workout.
STABILIZING MUSCLES VS PRIME MOVERS
The Human body can be observed in many different ways. From muscles, to meridians, movement patterns and their different chains – experts are making ground breaking strides in how to improve performance and avoid injury. In this section, we’ll take a look at your stabilizing muscles versus your prime movers and why Iron Bodyfit thrives in keeping you balanced through your workout routine.
Most of the time, the prime movers are the muscles everyone knows about. Your butt aka the gluteus maximus (medius and minimus) is the most explosive muscle in your body when firing correctly. The Lat, or latissimus dorsii is actually the largest! Quads, hamstrings, calves and abs round out the rest of the mainstream muscle groups that most people know about. So we constantly hear about people wanting more rotund booties, or bigger pecs. Have you ever wondered why some people are naturally more athletically built while others might lack those same features? We’ll explain it to you right now! The kinetic chain actually all starts with your heal strike and your foot. When the arch in your foot is imbalanced (which usually happens at an early age) you get more imbalances up the chain. Next, a person may become quad dominant which will in effect, turn off certain muscles in the glutes. Hence the lack of that healthier looking rotund booty. When that person is taken through a functional assessment, a number of imbalances may show up such as tight hamstrings, hips, quads – it realy depends on the person. When this occurs, and its actually quite common the condition is referred to as synergistic dominance. Synergistic dominance simply means that the stabilizing and assisting muscles are now firing as the prime movers. Since they are not designed to be the prime movers, aches and pains may occur in addition to lack of performance and an aesthetic look.
EMS training helps recruit tight and weak muscles that are usually dormant because of synergistic dominance. Your Iron Bodyfit trainer will work with you to tailor a specific training regiment based on your needs, goals and abilities.
IRON BODYFIT FOR ALL
No matter your skill level, our trainers and skilled and qualified in taking you through every exercises’ progression and regression. What does that mean? It means that if you can’t do a proper squat, we’ll work with you to regress that exercise where as you’ll be assisted in a way that you can perform that squat properly. This will not only give you a more effective workout, but will also allow you to see your progress and give you a goal to shoot for. Tracking your progress and reaching your fitness goals can be a very delightful experience. We hope you enjoyed our first of many Iron Bodyfit Blog posts. We’ll be here with you every step of the way in 2022. We hope to see you there!
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