The past two blogs have addressed two key components of optimizing fitness and performance:

  • the importance of developing and maintaining integrity and resilience of the neuromyofascial web, the body’s systemic net of connective tissue that supports and gives shape to muscles and organs and largely determines the quality of and capacity for optimal movement, also known as  ‘fascial fitness.’
  • the importance of developing and training for proper running posture and mechanics.

So this week, I want to address the bottom line in regards to both of these components that inherently affect both your CrossFitting potential as well as your ADLs (activities of daily living) and long-term wellness, and that line rests upon your control…your neuromuscular control, precisely speaking.

In non-fitness nerd language, this translates to “the conversation your brain and your muscles have when you engage in physical activity.” In fact, most of the initial gains a CrossFit newbie or anyone embarking upon a solid strength and conditioning program will make will be in this department. Neural adaptations will more than likely be the first marker of progress in performance prior to changes in body composition, which essentially means a clearer conversation between the central nervous system (CNS = brain and spinal chord),  fascia and the muscles it surrounds. This translates to more efficient moving/lifting/better technique, being able to lift more, more efficiently, and exhibiting increased strength and power, and not to mention, improved recovery. As you hone and refine your neuromuscular control, it’s then that you’ve set the stage for maximizing your potential for strength and power gains, increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat (given the ideal nutrtion components are in place), and for remaining injury free.

I read a blog post last week by Rick Kaselj, MS, a certified trainer and fitness educator specializing in corrective exercises for injuries and muscle imbalances, that discussed why simply strengthening is often not enough when it comes to healing injuries and correcting muscular imbalances and faulty movement patterns. He shared some interesting studies on hip mechanics and running gait that speak to this topic and I felt it well worth sharing with my fellow WODkillaz in the hopes of really tying together the last two blogs. I’m including the link below so you guys can check this one out for yourselves. He does a great job of summarizing the main points and the significance of the studies’ findings so it’s a quick read and, as I said, worthwhile if you seek to better understand and improve your performance (or lack of results for that matter). So read up, get connected, and take control my friends. NOW is always the time to take your training and passion for CrossFit to the next level! What does that mean for you?

http://exercisesforinjuries.com/gluteus-medius-exercises-for-running/

~1RM

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