Add Lateral Movement to Improve your Game!
SHRED is a place for everyone, including athletes of all kinds. Our programming is very unique as it combines a full body strength workout and lateral cardio segments on the Skiers Edge. We spend most of our time going forward in life, which is why it is so important to integrate lateral movement into your daily routine.
Let’s start with tennis players…
In tennis, you want to be able to be explosive towards the ball and be able to stop and go quickly. Lateral movement will help build the muscles around your hips, knees and ankles to help absorb the shock of the explosive movements and lower the risk of injury.
Now what about golf players?
All the golfers I know are always talking about perfecting their swing, or how they can make it more powerful. Well, adding lateral movement to your training will help you gain power as you explode toward your target in your downswing. Plus, adding movement in all directions during training will help avoid any injuries in your hips, knees and lower back.
How about hockey players?
If you are looking to improve your stride on the ice then you definitely want to add lateral training into your off-ice training. Most hockey moves are done in the frontal plane (side to side), so it makes sense to train these muscles with lateral movements to gain strength (and balance) for explosive strides.
Ok, I could keep going on about why lateral training is important for all athletes, including the everyday walker, but I think you get the idea. In order to be our strongest self, we need to move in all directions.
Most of our day is spent in the sagittal plane (walking/running forward), which will strengthen our larger muscles like our quads, hamstrings and calves. Lateral movement in the frontal plane will help strengthen the smaller muscles around our ankles, knees and hips and help prevent the common injuries around these areas. Plus, it’s great to change up your workout routine to beat fitness plateaus and boredom, and continually surprise and challenge your body.
Let’s train smart and add lateral movement into our life!
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