Rami's Blog

Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole. My mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.

 

Spring Training! Time to condition and balance...

Spring training is right around the corner, and professional baseball players across the country are preparing to...well... prepare! Athletes know that preseason conditioning is incredibly important to performance throughout the season. But building up strength is only half of the battle! Muscle imbalances are a precursor to injury, and for professional athletes, that can mean serious career repercussions.

Luckily, most of us don't have careers that will end because of a broken arm, but that doesn't mean that the weekend warriors and pick-up game enthusiasts out there should ignore muscle imbalances. Whether you play sports for fun, to relieve stress, to stay healthy, or all those things and more, injuries are something that we all want to avoid.

This week, we're talking about leg strength. If your typical workout or sport of choice tends to work only your inner or outer thigh muscles, and ignore the other, you probably have some leg strength imbalances. To help fix this type of imbalance, I developed an exercise based on the ancient Tai Chi move called "Pick Up Needle from Sea Bottom." Incorporate this into your training program or daily workout, and let me know how it works for you!

Next week: Another video lesson, but this time, for the upper body!