Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Can Ropes Really Improve Your Movement?

If you are a strength coach, trainer or fitness enthusiast who stays current with the times, you no doubt understand that the brain never thinks of activating individual muscles. Thanks to pioneers such as Vladimir Janda, Stuart McGill and Gray Cook, we know that the brain operates in terms of movement patterns and never thinks muscle isolation. The days of stupid bodybuilding nonsense being applied to the general public as well as to the preparation of athletes is hopefully coming to an end.

The real key in getting anyone to function at a higher level is to first assess and discover what is out of balance (asymmetrical), what is weak and what doesn't move well in your body. Once the mobility and stability issues are addressed in your body you can begin to lay down good exercise selections such as rope trianing. The following video hopefully represents a new paradigm shift in how the fitness industry will approach rope training as an opportunity to "improve movement" skills rather than just "get a workout."

Watch the video and let me know what you think.