Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Muscular Balance Improves Speed And Power

Maybe you aren't reaching your speed and power potential because your muscles are out of balance. Its not uncommon for one side of your body to be stronger than the other side. If you are right-handed, your right side is probably stronger than your left side.

One side of your body might not align with the other side. Or, one hip could be looser than the other. Training can help with these problems.

It is important for your body to be in muscular balance to prevent injuries and to help you perform better. For example, the frontside of your body should not be significantly stronger than your backside. And, your quadriceps should not be significantly stronger than your hamstrings.

Four effective ways to keep your body balanced are:

1. Full body strength, power and speed training,

2. One-legged and One-armed strength, power and speed training exercises,

3. Doing exercises in all 3 planes of motion and

4. Keeping all areas of the body flexible.

Training with bodyweight and dumbbell exercises force each side of your body to do its share of the work. And, you see right way if a side of your body is weaker than the other. Some of the best exercises for this are:

--Step ups
--Single leg squats, deadlifts and good mornings
--Single leg/arm cable exercises
--Two-armed and one-armed dumbbell presses and rows
--Single leg arm and leg curls
--Medicine ball exercises working all sides of the body

Train hard and smart!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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