<span style="color: #333333;">Congratulations! You’ve just joined a gym and made the first step towards regaining your health. You’ve felt like it’s time to get your body back in shape.</span>

<span style="color: #333333;">Time to get started. The safest thing to do is get on the trusted treadmill—but wait, that kind of makes your ankles hurt. Ah, let’s go for the elliptical. That’s a thing, right? We can do this without any impact, just like that lady that’s been on it for the past 30 minutes. “Wait, is that how long I need to be on this?” “Wait a minute, this actually makes my lower back and hips hurt.” So, you try a few sit-ups, pushups and low impact machines. SUCCESS! You’ve made it through your first big day at the new gym. The day after your experiment workout, there is lower back soreness, elbow pain, and calf cramps. “That’s probably just my body getting back into shape,” you tell yourself. I’m sorry to tell you, my friend, but that’s about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. It all started back to our high school gym teacher who told us to run, lift, jump, pushup, and sit up. Yes, that’s great if we are trying to qualify for the army.</span>

<span style="color: #333333;">Let me ask you a few questions about what’s important to you and explain what SHOULD be important to you.</span>

<span style="color: #333333;">Do you have any lateral availability? This means movement from side to side without loss of balance. What is your capacity to rotate without borrowing from “the wrong spots in your body?” Is there a way to test your ability to move and train in order to regain full movement before creating new problems? You might be putting the cart before the horse, so to speak. What if I told you there is a way to test for movement deviations? What if I said there’s a way to find postural overcompensations and structural weaknesses pertaining to balance and movement—and then, to train problem areas head on to regain a complete body filled with natural mobility? I live by a saying, “If you cannot move well, you have no business moving other objects.” The truth is, we live in a three-dimensional world. We need to be available in all planes of movement. Why aren’t we training ourselves that way?</span>

<span style="color: #333333;">Joe Smith sleeps in a fetal position all night, and sits at his breakfast table to eat with flexed hips, inactive glutes, and a rounded spine. He texts, drives, works, and watches television hunched over, a forward head and internally rotated shoulders. So WHY, oh WHY does Joe go into a gym and train in the exact same poor position he has been in all day long? He’s busy doing exercises in the forward (sagittal) plane, seated exercises on a machine (that require no real-life stability), or jumping on a spin bike with tight hips, and a rounded back—or better yet, a boot camp class filled with other people butchering exercises to a trainer whose in left field with a hockey stick. Do we honestly believe this will help Joe, or is there just not enough information and too many bad trainers? You might just find yourself working harder than a one-legged man in a butt kicking competition.</span>

<span style="color: #333333;">Solution—There are various ways to test the quality of these movements; whether it’s through neurokinetic therapy, functional movement screenings, active range strength &amp; conditioning, etc. There are hands-on assessments designed to find these imbalances in the body. Then, there are active strategies to train out of these new-found imbalances using science-based principles—not guess work and dated theories.</span>

<span style="color: #333333;">After testing, training, and retesting these areas using well-developed programs anyone can regain total body awareness. After developing appropriate movement patterns, strength training becomes much simpler. As long as you train smart and use science-based progressions and regressions to move your training program in the right direction, the sky is the limit. It’s simple—you wouldn’t let someone who doesn’t know cars work on your car, so why would you let someone that doesn’t understand joint-by-joint function write your strength training program?</span>