Muscle Symmetry for a functional body

Although symmetrical muscles may seem like something that bodybuilders are concerned with, in reality it is important for all of us! We have evolved symmetrically. Examples like Mark said: kids with one leg shorter are more prone for injury, objective human beauty is determined on the symmetry of the facial structure, and a balanced body structure is objectively
 attractive because it connotes strength and competence in matters of survival. It symmetry weren’t important we wouldn’t be designed that way and we wouldn’t be so attracted to it. The body works best if everything is healthy (that means muscles, bones, and tendons). Art de Vany has classified it the X-look “symmetrical balance mass shoulder girdle, upper chest and back, calves and lower quads” to identify muscle balance. A balanced body allows for better function so that injuries are rare, strength and performance are optimized. When we do body analysis it will tell us all this information about how your muscle tissue is distributed throughout the body (show make sure to check that out the next time you get your printout). An imbalance can actually cause harm. Lordosis (curvature in the spine) can be caused by weak hamstrings. Sometimes those who do heavy squats will suffer from this because they’re focusing so much on their quads that the glutes and hamstrings don’t get engaged. This also sets them up for bad knees because it places extra stress on the joint. With machine training each individual muscle could become strong, but they aren’t strong together. Or you’ll see the guys at the gym working on their biceps doing tons of curls. They have their leg day and their arm day. This doesn’t work in the real world. In the real word functional movements require the enlistment of multiple muscles. With isolated exercises if one area is lacking the rest of the muscles will try to make up for it, thus working overtime to do another muscles job  in addition to their own job. With functional training the whole body should work together in unison to perform a task. Functional training? Kettlebells are great for these! You can get a full range of motion. Lunges imitate the movement of walking, squatting imitates sitting, and swinging imitates jumping. Take away from today’s post? Do lifts that use your whole body,  big arms actually do nothing in the real world!

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