What does it mean for a workout to be “balanced”?
Injury and dysfunction stem from imbalance in some shape or form. Keeping your workouts balanced is important for the body’s resistance to injury and physical longevity.
Your training should be balanced by incorporating all the different ways your body can move: squat, push, pull, hinge, rotation, hanging, and inversion. In addition, your training should include exercises performed in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes.
Most of our lives are spent in the sagittal plane. Think about it: walking, running, driving, sitting, squatting, hinging… they all occur in the sagittal plane. We are very good at being in the sagittal plane. Most kettlebell exercises occur in the sagittal plane as well. Therefore, it’s important to throw in exercises that force us to move in the frontal and transverse planes as well, so we don’t become too imbalanced (and cause injury to our body).
All of this explanation just to tell you that today’s workout takes into account the element of “balance”. It includes a lower body push, lower body pull, upper body push, and upper body pull, as well as the Turkish Sit Up, which is a great exercise that includes work in all 3 planes (sagittal, frontal, and transverse).
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