Having greater Body Mechanics is important for everyone, regardless of your skill/sporting level. It's used to improve overall way of life! We can use Body Mechanic Analysis to study the human form, look at individual structure and movement then convey this information in to actions that will prevent injury, improve performance, thus increasing activity levels and sporting potential!
Sounds pretty exciting right?
Okay, so I'm not going to overwhelm you with pages and pages of direct mechanic help, that knowledge is better spread over time and through correct one - one instruction!
If you are lucky enough to be participating in Personal Training or Coaching, then make sure you're questioning your trainer on Body Mechanics. I don't mean this in a negative way, so don't go running to your next session preaching the word of mechanics! Just ensure you are having correct, technical help on correct lifting form. If you do not have a coach/trainer yet. Try to at least consult one, just for a single session if you have to! I can't tell you enough about the importance of coaching. It literally can improve your performance and prevent your injury risk greatly.
A lot of you likely train alone or with friends, you've had a Gym induction, watched Youtube and have taken the Fitness world in your own hands. That's great, I love that! Getting out there and actively participating in a positive act and all of it's magical health benefits. However, I would still suggest you get some guidance on lifting technic as the mechanical advise will reap greater reward! I will tell you now, just incase this happens...like with running economy, sometimes having our techniques critiqued and altered we often experience a small decrease in overall performance. This acute decrease is not a bad thing, drop the weight, continuously use the new mechanical advantages that have been given to you and create that new movement pattern. I promise you that once your body adjust you'll out perform your previous performance bests!
Pro-longed Activity Levels
Assuming being active is a huge part of your life, better Body Mechanics can increased how long you stay active for. Often we struggle with either training for performance at the expense of our prolonged health or we train lightly so that we don't hurt ourselves but experience minor results. Those problems can be easily avoided with better mechanical coaching! You'll be able to train for performance in a way that doesn't cause body damage, in fact it'll allow for greater levels of conditioning and decrease the effects of joint ageing.
So to summarise for all you wonderful little, upcoming performance masters! What I'm inviting you to do is find someone who can properly look and alter the Biomechanics of how you lift/perform. Open your mind to the possibility of change and see how your performance increases! You're always welcome to message the Fortitude Fitness team, come on down to the mecca and have a mechanical based session on us!
Director | Head Trainer | Fortitude Fitness