He is from Switzerland and has achieved in sport, business and has a lovely family. Now in his 70’s Rolf comes to the gym with one thing in mind – to exercise as hard as he can and go home feeling like he is a step healthier. He monitors his health with a fitbit – keeping a steady eye on weight, energy and sleep, whilst still enjoying a very social life. Generally he works within the perimeters of our advice and avoids injury, sometimes he needs reminding, but he always gives as much as he has to give.
Rolf was a middle distance runner in Switzerland in his 20’s, achieving record times. He still attacks his work outs with enthusiasm and vigour – obviously with the occasional off day(!!) knowing what it takes to keep strong and mobile, and active.
It has been a wonderful experience – I work with Rolf with two colleagues from New Energy Fitness (where I am based), making this a really rewarding all around approach. Anything in life gets repetitive with the same people and no one can offer everything. We have a really great team who offer many different angles to health and fitness and whilst I would say I have most bases covered as a Coach I would also say that from the client perspective, having advice from a variety of people who are on the same page often excites more to get much better results. Rocky offers him a different and fun way to keep cardio fitness, Helen opens the door to a dynamic way of training, with many compound exercises that challenge the brain and co-ordination, whilst I continue to pursue the journey of postural correctness and a huge emphasis on alignment, trying to rid of pain and avoid injury – always aiming for better technique in the full ange of motion exercises that we are aiming to do.
The best approach is often a multifaceted approach – when more than one person is saying the same thing in a different way and through a different avenue it is much easier to understand the importance of change and much easier to adopt it. It is wonderful to find like minded people to work with and be able to have such amazing results. Also by working on alignment, mobility, agility and strength one avoids the necessity for massage, physio etc keeping motivation high because one is keeping pain at bay.
It is all very well to correct our straightness and our posture in a controlled gym environment but what we really need to be doing is correct it in al the actions and things we do in life. This is where a static biomechanics assessment is invaluable – take a look from head to toe at the body and look at alignment, tightness, locked up areas and work out where the issues are and work out how to release and strengthen.
If your ankles do not have the same range of motion or strength – will that affect your body?
Maybe there is no pain – but if you do not move and stabilise the same on each side you will compensate at your knee or at your hip or at your lower back in order to produce the action. You will possibly not travel the hip through straight and will swing more on one side – this will create a shortening of muscles in one of your hip flexors. Which will then effect your performance in your sport – either the power of your stride at take off or in the stability at the landing, at any rate the balance will be affected because of the asymmetry of the action.
This will have an effect on all sports – cycling – there will be a twist in the lower back as the foot is pushed into the down stroke.
In running as the leg travels behind the body and then through – in the image below see James in the middle his hip twists to his left and his shoulders to his right, and he is bending to the left at the waist, with an inward collapse of his knee – he is loosing energy in the movement of his body. Merritt on the other hand is solid – his shoulders and hips are square. His limbs are powering him forwards.
Merritt may not be quicker – because he is heavier – but he will sustain less injury and have a longevity in his sport through lack of discomfort.
In horse riding where one is “sitting” but one needs to be straight.
If you see pictures of yourself crooked – it may not be due to your “tool” or your ability – it may be due to your internal/intrinsic biomechanics. So get it checked out.
Have we gone too far in the direction of medicines and drugs – is this the right approach to take as much medication as we do.
Our body is very clever and it reacts to situations. If we twist a joint and cause a slight injury or tear our bodies response is to send “repairing nutrients” in the form of white blood cells to the area in fluid to immobilise and start the recovery journey. When we take medication we stop this process – we cause away the “goodies” and artificially slow the process down. Would it be better to keep the “goodies” in the injury and removes the discomfort by poulticing the area. Our skin is not made of plastic it is porous and so by poulticing we can remove fluid and toxins through the skin and help to speed recovery up.
Take a look at the French Clay for all site – for more info
Donna came to work with me about 2 years ago initially, but then life got a bit on top of her and she had a break for about 6 months. She came back to me in Jan 2015. Hear her incredible story in just 10 months how she has changed her life….
Working with Shane Benzie last week end, from Running Reborn, on Running Techniques, looking at the active Biomechanics of running. By logging data on movement we can see areas of weakness and we can track progress better. Coupled with really looking and working on the Intrinsic Biomechanics we can get much better results for our clients.
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Voted by the Biomechanics Education showing how Biomechanics can make a difference to peoples lives. I have used the techniques learnt to correct the posture of many sailors, horse riders, cyclists and runners. Plus have helped several people avoiding back surgery to overcome pain and discomfort by correcting their movement that has developed due to bad posture.
There is a video clip on the link above and a bios on the link below