Remember that old V8 commercial from the 80’s and 90’s where you see someone walking at a 45 degree slant?
Obviously you don’t see people in real life walk like this due to not eating enough fruits and vegetables. If you are a weirdo like me who’s obsessed with human movement and watches people walk for a living, you will see countless people with one shoulder higher than the other, feet pointed out like a duck when they walk, and many other types of movement imbalances.
This isn’t a result of not having too little fruits and vegetables. Instead it’s a result of a whole host of things that we do in our daily life that contribute to these imbalances.
A big factor is being one-side dominant. An example of this would be a mom who is right handed and always carried her baby in her left arm. Her left side is a lot more stronger than her right due to always carrying the baby in her left arm while her right arm is cooking, opening doors, holding the telephone, etc.
Another factor the sports that require you to be one-side dominant like a golfer. With a right handed golfer, you are always taking your back swing back to the right and following through to the left. That golfer’s left side is probably stronger than the right because it constantly has to be in charge of decelerating the motion of the golf swing over and over.
This can lead to an overuse injury due to one side of their body being overused causing a muscular imbalance.
One way to combat the effects of being one-side dominant is using the band squat to press with rotational resistance exercise. It’s a great total body exercise that challenges your core, shoulder, and hip stability in all 3 planes of motion.
Add this to your core routine at the gym or in your home workout program. You won’t be sorry. If you have a one-side dominant imbalance do 2x the amount on the weaker side vs. the stronger side.
Perform 2-4 sets of 8-15 reps.
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