Straighten, Then Strengthen: A Pre-Workout Movement Menu
Trying to progress through a fitness program with muscular imbalances and incorrect posture will only reinforce your pre-existing dysfunctions. Instead of doing this, try a pre-workout movement menu.
The focus of a pre-workout menu is to straighten your body first, then strengthen the properly recruited musculature. Correcting the underlying dysfunctions first gives you a stable foundation upon which you can build.
Do the four exercises featured in this video immediately prior to working out:
- Standing windmill - Promotes extension throughout the entire spine, strengthen proper shoulder positioning, and promotes balance and equal weight distribution.
- Kneeling ankle squeezes - Activates the glutes.
- Sitting knee pillow squeezes - Activates the adductor muscle group and stabilizes the pelvic. Encourages pelvic and lumbar extension.
- Airbench - Sets your hips in neutral.