Self limiting exercises help us to engage with our bodies and feel more connected to movement. Such exercises by their very nature use an ‘adjust or fail’ mechanism – if you don’t perform them right, your body will tell you quickly, usually in the form of fatigue or discomfort. Training in this way allows for a quicker acquisition of skill. Much of the equipment you see in traditional gyms are designed to be idiot-proof and as a result, deprive the senses of essential feedback about movement. It’s like having training wheels on a bike.
We all experienced self limiting movement at an early age. When we first learned to crawl, we had no training wheels. Through a process of trial and error, we learned the right way, very quickly. We may have fallen flat on our faces a few times, but this gave Immediate feedback about how to quickly adjust our balance and posture – we didn’t make the same mistake again! And this is the essence of self limiting exercise – it demands mindfulness, awareness, balance, control of posture and above all, engagement with the body and environment. Through self limiting movement, you’re anatomy will model itself around natural stresses, rather than unnecessary stresses.
Here are 5 common self limiting exercises you can try in EVO. Don’t be fooled by their apparent simplicity – they will challenge you. Be prepared to not get It right first time; but also notice how quickly you learn to adjust and improve. Focus your efforts on awareness and mastering the skill, using lower reps or shorter duration.
Self limiting exercise should become the cornerstone of your training program, and when used correctly, will improve poor function and enhance movement quality. If you like any of these exercises, be sure to add them to your workouts, and feel free to share your experiences via Facebook and Instagram! 🙂
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