I usually use the analogy of eating your vegetables as a kid at the dinner table. That is what corrective exercise feels a lot like for most people. Even as fitness professionals, we KNOW we need it, we KNOW it is important, but often it is what we put the least effort into and often the first to get cut if time becomes restricted. However, I want to completely change your mind about corrective exercise.
First off, what is corrective exercise? Like popular terms such as “functional training”, “core exercises”, and more, corrective exercise is really a philosophy more than a specific methodology. As with all the other popular fitness terms used above, corrective exercise can be seen in many different forms, however, to really understand why it is so important to your goals we need to understand the philosophy behind corrective exercise.
Sometimes corrective exercise gets a bad rap for being boring, ineffective “rehabby” types of exercise. The truth is corrective exercise is meant to accomplish what its name implies. Finding where we are compensating, creating bad movement patterns, and losing our ability to perform at our highest levels. Addressing these “issues” allows us to achieve our fitness goals much faster, but also maintain our health.
That is why some people think corrective exercise is only for when we get injured. There is absolutely NO DOUBT that the fastest way to derail and fitness or performance program is to become injured. However, waiting till you ARE injured to perform corrective exercises is like waiting to save money until you are broke!
The truth is that corrective exercise isn’t always about laying on the ground and trying to isolate a very tiny specific muscle. Good corrective programs take a big picture approach to your fitness. They look at how you move in real life, they try to find not how ONE muscle works, but how your entire body works together. If I had to really put a definition to corrective exercise it would be “examining functional movement to identify the means in which the body compensates for efficient and effective movement patterns.” Huh?
Basically, we want to see how you move and find out why in certain ways you move great and other ways your body tries to find ways to get out of what should be “normal” movement. Why not just talk about “this muscle” being weak, “this muscle” being strong? I wish it was so simple! To think our body in terms of just a bunch of muscles that do different things and somehow end up working together is just NOT how the body really operates.
Our body is actually a complex system, so to make it perform at its highest level requires us to make sure our body knows HOW to work right!
I know, you don’t really play a sport, or compete at anything. You just want to look darn good! Is corrective exercise good for such goals as well?
Having your body work to its potential absolutely relates to goals like fat loss and looking our best. If our body is compensating we can’t lift the weights we are capable of, we can’t work as hard as we desire, and ultimately we feel like we work harder to actually do less!
The answer isn’t replacing your fun training with some brain numbing corrective exercise program. Instead, I called in a big gun to create something quite different! Mitch Hauschildt is the prevention, rehab, & physical performance coordinator at Missouri State University. Yea, that is a mouthful! Basically Mitch does rehab, performance training, and everything in between for many athletes at Missouri State University.
I knew Mitch and I saw training a lot of the same ways when we ran our DVRT certification at Missouri State University a few years ago. Mitch had some really innovative ideas on how to combine our DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Training into a specific corrective exercise program. When he and I finally got to sit down and go over some of these ideas, I was simply blown away!
Not only did Mitch come up with drills that really hit on parts of my body that I needed to improve, but it was fun and extremely challenging. I knew this was something REALLY important to our DVRT system, so the challenge was to put together into a whole program. Up to the challenge, Mitch has done just that!
I am VERY excited to announce our NEW DVRT corrective exercise program. Not just a training DVD, a program. We didn’t want to make this just a bunch of exercises, rather a well thought out system of training, just like DVRT. That is why we even made this the FIRST DVRT program were you can earn continuing education credits for completing.
The DVRT corrective course is a 3-DVD set with a digital manual. After you spend time working through the comprehensive program that Mitch put together you can take our DVRT corrective’s test and earn continuing education credits through associations like ACE, NASM, and NSCA, that’s right, some of the top training organizations are endorsing this program by allowing us to provide continuing education.
I believe in the program that Mitch created so much that we are offering 20% off this week to launch this awesome program with FREE shipping anywhere in the world! Simply CLICK HERE and get the program that will once again help “bring strength to life!”