by Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri, CSCS, HFS
Neuro Metabolic Fat Loss & Fitness Expert
If you don’t have control over your center of mass, you’ll never have control over movement. This means that every time you lift weights, you are lifting in a different pattern, or at least you might be. In order to improve balance with exercise, it’s imperative that you work on balance through exercise.
Over time, lacking awareness of your center of mass leads to joint breakdown, decreased results, and increased bad habits. It’s very difficult to set up a system of movement without gaining proper control of your center of mass.
Your center of mass is located just in front of your vertebrae in the low back, at the levels L1-L2. This means that in order to perform any standing exercise, it’s important to be aware of the position of your low back. Having control over your center of mass is increasingly important when you raise your arms overhead with weights. Naturally, your body will shift its center of mass to balance out the new demand place on your body in this position. It’s your choice:
Do you want to have a predictable system of movement, where you know you’re safe every time, or would you rather ‘chance’ it every time you do a military press?
I’d rather have the system. Systems are formed through strategic implementation of previously determined plans. Lifting weights to increase balance involves planning your workouts to offer you a mutual benefit for balance, as well as fitness. Through a carefully designed fitness program, you will be able permanently affect your level of balance with dynamic and complex activities, thereby reducing risk of injury, increasing coordination, and decreasing demand on your body during daily activity.
Take care, and have a great day,