Saturday, April 2, 2011
Do your work at the edge of the envelope of function
The lower extremity exercises I'm choosing are lateral lunges, right stagger squats, and right/left posterior lunges with a bilateral upper extremity reach anterior to knee height. No need to be concerned with "proper firing patterns" here, the body is self selecting according to the task. Because the exercises I chose are within the envelope of function, there is no need to be concerned with compensatory movement patterns. Those who choose an isolated, open chain approach are a lot smarter than me. Remember in function, an individual muscle may have to work isometrically, concentrically, and eccentrically all at the same time. Not only at each particular joint, but in each individual plane at that joint. My hats off to them.