With summer finally here and with everyone kick starting their health kick for 2012 by increasing their exercise levels, make sure you have a balanced training program that trains the entire body. More often than not when i am training in the gym I see mostly men I must say focusing a lot on the chest press, biceps and abdominals. When it comes to training their back, shoulders and legs, these areas are often skimmed over and/or aren’t focused on at all. Add this to the lack of stretching that is done and eventually they will be setting themselves up for a totally out of whack physique that is prone to injury. Top heavy and rounded shoulders are a common sign of this type of training program. Training programs that focus on too much chest, abs and bi’s will also increase their risk of developing various musculoskeletal injuries such as the gym junkies shoulder injury (ac wear and tear, bursitis, impingement etc etc).

Exercises that should be included in a well balanced training program is the chin up, lat pull down, dumbbell or seated row, deadlifts, posterior deltoid reverse fly and rotator cuff specific exercises. Back & Leg exercises that will create a more functional lower body include squats, dead lifts, lunges, single leg work.

If you are currently training without any real direction or are currently suffering from any number of musculoskeletal injuries, then book in at Principle Four Osteopathy to review both body and training program. Principle Four Osteopathy adjoins the boutique personal training studio Jon Weller PT Studio at 29 Somerset Place, Melbourne City CBD 3000. The studio is fully equipped with all of the latest training equipment and the unique design of the clinic is such that both in and out of room treatments can take place. To find out more about Principle Four Osteopathy, please check out www.principlefourosteopathy.com. To speak to an osteopath or make an appointment, please call 03 9670 9290.

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