Fixing Weaknesses

I'm not a young as I once was. My guess is that the same could be said for you 😉. As we get older and our bodies have been through more accidents, injuries, and trauma of all kinds (pregnancy, surgeries, treatments, etc). Our bodies don't bounce back like they once did.

Others of us maybe haven't had any of those things but because of the use of some muscle groups over others we find ourselves having imbalances in our levels of strength, stability and flexibility throughout our bodies.

Basically life can leave us with physical imbalances and weaknesses. It's just how it is. We learn to compensate around them but never really fix them. Then one day you decide to "get into shape" and you begin to put a higher demand on those "weaker" parts of your body and things do not go as planned.

This is how we typically see this series of events play out.

  1. Person wants to improve their life and decides to train with us. They find everything challenging and don't notice that any one area is more difficult than another.

  2. Person keeps working hard even though their body is giving them subtle clues that something isn't right.

  3. A coach notices that movement patterns aren't perfect and gives some cues in a training session to try to improve the position or movement.

  4. Person continues to train but as their fitness improves the clues become less subtle that something isn't right.

  5. Coach suggests some quick interventions the person could do at the gym or at home to work on fixing the problem, but only so much can be done with quick fixes.

  6. People often don't take the time to do them and they end up with chronic pain, injury or no improvement in that area.

That's a long way from the initial decision of wanting to improve their life. That could arguably be the opposite of their original goal. That is not what we want to see at CrossFit 43 North. Our goal is to get you closer to health everyday.

Our training methods are infinitely scalable for every level of ability but sometimes the proper scaling option isn't possible in a group training environment.

For example :

A 40 year old woman joins our gym with some known issues in his hips and back from years of playing softball. Other than that she's pretty healthy and and she wants to train in with one of our small groups. Due to years of compensating around her old injuries she is now unable to hinge at the hips properly, both because of the stability and range of motion required.

For her to really see success in the group classes she needs to get that weakness fixed and personal training would be the best option for her. In personal training we can spend the time fully assessing the weakness, and programming exercises to reteach the body how to move properly, increase range of motion and increase stability. Then as she improves we can gradually challenge those changes with increasing demands so that they continue to improve and return to as close to "normal" function as they can.

This can not be done well in a group class. In a group class we can scale and or modify a movement so that you avoid doing the thing that hurts but it doesn't help fix it. On the surface this all makes perfect sense but practically what we see is that some people have a little bit of an ego (even if they don't think they do) and they see that doing personal training to fix a weakness is remedial and they're more advanced than that.

Being physically fit is more than just "getting your sweat on" 3 days a week. It's putting value on your health and wellbeing and doing what is necessary to increase your health for years to come. Incremental progress is always better than no progress or worse reversing progress. Take advantage of all the tools and resources at your disposal to improve your health. Take at look at personal training through the lens of helping you fix your weaknesses.

Now, go live better.