Smart training requires balanced training. It is the best way to get great results and requires a plan. It is common to want to train certain body parts more than others, or to perform a certain exercise on your favorite equipment and neglect other muscle groups. But this can lead to muscular imbalances which, if not corrected, can cause performance breakdown, pain and injury.
Any repetitive movement can lead to a muscular imbalance and everybody trains differently and has different needs for their desired results, but there are some common places where muscle imbalances can occur due to an imbalanced fitness routine. Here are a few that are common.
Consistent heavy bench pressing and chest workouts can lead to muscular imbalances in the shoulder joint, especially when the back is neglected.
High volumes of abdominal exercises can lead to muscular imbalances in the core muscles, particularly between the abs and low back.
Keys to creating a balanced fitness routine:
• Variety. Change the exercises you do to avoid the repetition that leads to overuse, joint breakdown and muscle imbalance. There are many ways to exercise each muscle group. Rotate through fitness routines and change them frequently to optimize results.
• Rest. When you let your muscles recover, you decrease the risk of overtraining and overuse injury. Schedule recovery weeks for low effort workouts with low volume, or complete rest from the fitness routine for a few days to allow your body to recover and regenerate so you can perform better in the long run.
• Exercise Everything. To get great results, you must exercise everything. The body is one continuous chain and cannot work if the links begin to break. Neglecting body parts will only lead to imbalances and eventually breakdown and injury. Work with a plan that will give attention to the entire body.