We are born into this world with relatively good posture, a predisposition to squatting with perfect form, and running correctly. Over time, we unlearn these natural behaviors with man made “comforts” which were created with the intention of making our lives simpler and less complicated.
Chairs were made to elevate us to an appropriate level to separate us from the animals. Computers were made so that their efficiency would save man millions of hours of work. However, these two inventions that we use (often times for 8 hours a day) have affected our posture and flexibility to such a degree that just about every athlete in our gym (and coach) has at least one mobility issue. Even one issue, left unchecked, will lead (if it hasn’t already) to injuries, both acute and chronic.
For example, poor posture in the hips alone (standing still or moving) can cause an imbalance in muscle length of the hammies and quads, leading to pronation, ACL injury, etc. Slouched shoulders (anyone who sits at a computer all day) can lead to shortened pectoral muscles, weakened rotator cuffs, and shoulder impingement.
So, we coaches would like to begin evaluations on a few athletes who are interested in identifying AND attacking mobility issues. We’d like to start with 2 volunteers (1 male, 1 female) who are willing to spend about 20-30 minutes on Saturday, November 13th after class, to assess (and photograph/film) your posture, mobility, and movement. The following week, we’ll assign mobility drills for you to perform daily, mark down some benchmarks, and re-assess in 4-6 weeks. This will most likely be a service CFI will offer in the future, but for now, we’re only taking 2 volunteers.
If you are interested, please email me. It’ll be first come, first served, but only volunteer if you will follow through with the mobility drills. If you neglect your homework or quit before the re-assessment, we’ll fire you and ask you to donate $50 to a charity of our choosing! In all seriousness, though, we’ll be putting a good amount of time in assessing and programming your homework, so please only inquire if you’re committed to taking 10-15 minutes a day working on this.
10 push ups (or ring push ups)
400 m run