Rotations is such a basic human pattern that general strength programs or just many programs in general miss. If we moved more in ways the body was actually designed to do we would probably feel much healthier. Youre missing out on lots of power potential avoiding it.
Multi-Planer movements are important for longevity in mind. Saggital plane means movements going up and down/forward and back—think squats and deadlifts. Frontal plane think movements that move away from midline or towards midline—think side lunges, lateral hops and scapula movements. Transverse plane is where rotation happens. Movement that involves rotation about the hip and trunk is considered transverse. Check out some very basic movements by swiping.
A good way of thinking about all of this is that strength is built in the sagittal plane, and durability and athleticism are built in the frontal and transverse planes. We clearly want all three athletic qualities, right? Our ability to effectively channel and absorb force are what healthy, performance-based movement is all about. Without a focus on all three dimensions of the body, this skill is incomplete. Pain can be complex to solve, but have you tried just moving more and in various planes? That might help clear things up. Afterall, motion is lotion.
Side note: Of course, sport specificity is important in developing your training program, yet you can add this in your off season if you’re a strength athlete. Otherwise, I recommend general strength populations to add transverse plane movements in their current programming. #strengthcoach #oaklandstrength #transverseplane #motionislotion
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