Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been writing this. I was happy being paid a very nice salary to travel around and personally train one person. But then, that all changed. It’s a long story that I’m happy to go into detail about in person, but it starts with a car accident and me realizing I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. The middle of the story is the place where I found humility, and the close of this chapter is me significantly adapting my philosophy on training, relearning a lot myself and opening a gym where I employ trainers and coaches who are smarter than me to help people move smarter, better and the way they were meant to move.
But what does that mean, Tim? Moving the way, you’re meant to?
Good question. Over time, and life, our bodies develop compensation patterns based on a lot of things like sitting at a desk, long-distance running without a stable pelvis, core or mobile ankles, or, if just one thing is off, any repetitive motion can do damage. Just imagine walking around day after day with one shoe on and one shoe off. Eventually, your body will adapt to this, but it’s not the natural way of moving right, so no doubt, discomfort and pain will soon follow.
At our gym, the first thing we do is assess our clients for these compensation patterns. A lot of them come to us in pain or with reasons they are unable to run as far or lift as much as they could previously. We figure out what’s going on and then build workout programs based on getting the body to move naturally or right. This helps fix the compensation issues and results in them moving better, stronger and—a lot of times faster—than ever before.
Really? This is results month; I want results.
That’s fair. One of our clients, Jessi Hamilton, came to us a 37-year-old former half-marathoner who was struggling to maintain endurance, had severe and nagging lower back and piriformis pain and couldn’t figure out why she just didn’t seem to look the way she used to. (She only told us this after a few months with us.) Six months later, she is running 4 to 5 miles on the three days a week she isn’t at the gym or resting, she can do a full pushup for the first time in her life, and though this was not our goal, she lost 2 inches in her waist.
I like telling Mark’s story too. Here’s an ultra-competitive, very successful guy who liked training so much he decided to become a coach; it was his side gig. Mark’s wife was also a coach who was in a lot of pain. We sent her to a physical therapist we work with and inserted her into our small groups after we worked one-on-one with her to get her back up and running. Well, Mark took notice and now he is one of our most loyal members. He is getting the same intensity he got from his old gym, but with a workout he can fully trust because it was designed just for him.
Okay, so moving right might actually matter. How do I know if I’m moving wrong?
If you have any of the following, you might be moving wrong:
- Nagging joint pain that comes and goes.
- Feeling stiff, even after stretching or a yoga class.
- A constant ache in your neck or upper shoulders.
- The inability to touch your toes, or actually, if you can palm the floor you should be wary.
One thing you can check to see how well you’re moving is your ankle mobility. Flex each knee toward a wall with your heels flat and toes 2-to-3 inches from the wall. If you can’t touch the wall, there are plenty of activities you should avoid until you can. Everything (poor function and pain) moves upstream from there.
This month, we’re offering two free assessment workshops that you can attend to learn how your body moves Sign up on Facebook to join either class, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 4 or 11. We’re located at 7331 W. 79th St., Overland Park, KS 66204.
If those dates don’t work, learn more about us and schedule a free consult at MoveRightKC.com. Or, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913.562.6075.