Before we do the tough stuff we have to get a handle on being stable.
It’s a no-brainer if we imagine seeing a person who hasn’t been lifting for long. Someone moving with purpose, or with speed and power, trying to life a heavy weight.
I can visualize the back rounding, the knees caving in, and their neck either rounded tight or sticking out at a sharp angle up.
There is a basic lack of understanding and body feel how to stabilize your body in order to lift something heavy, or apply force when moving. Think of the squat jump.
One of the key focuses we had in our gym, going around and helping our clients get the most of exercise, was to gain and keep stability.
Most of our coaching cues are about stacking the joints, bracing the core to anchor a move and where to look.
All of these things help keep your body in alignment so that when you are moving with force and speed, your body becomes a smooth moving machine.
Watching a professional Olympic lifter is like watching a dance. They keep the bar in one plane, going up and down and they move around the bar.
Considering the weight that they perform with, they have to stay stable and find stability quickly.
If they cave they get hurt.
When starting a new activity or sport, get familiar with the basic moves and try to find stability within them.
That is one reason why they say “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”.
Going slow forces you to find stability in the movement.
This helps ingrain good movement patterns, which will help prevent injury. Once mastered, this will help movement become fast and efficient.
Maybe you tend to “go for it” when starting up? Have you ever jumped the gun with both feet first and tried to ”crush it” on your first attempt? Instead, maybe consider the long game and find stability first.
As you train today check in and look for stability. Cheers!!