Strength In Reverse
The reverse balance lunge is a great exercise for developing muscular symmetry, balance and stability. It also uses the gluteus maximus muscle making it an ideal exercise for leg and posterior toning.
The Benefits of Balance Training
Most of us need to improve our stance. This will help will help with stability, balance, agility and importantly release pressure from the spine.
Hunching over and bending the head at a 60 degree angle adds 60lbs worth of pressure to the spine. Most of us do this every day whether we are sitting at home, the office or in car.
But how many of us know the secret to releasing pressure on the spine and how easy it is?
With training our balance and stability can improve markedly. These subtle changes in the way our body moves around its centre of gravity and the speed in which it does so, can have a huge impact in our quality of life and sporting performances.
Once the preserve of athletes, the benefits of balance and stability training are slowly moving into the mainstream consciousness. This type of training improves postural strength, spinal stability and coordination.
Balance training is functional. This means we are engaging several muscle groups at the same time using a natural flow and transition through the movements. Strength training usually involves isolating a single muscle while we apply stress to it. When we add the balance component we also engage the stabiliser muscles.
Balance and stability training will improve our posture, lower back strength, reactions, range of motion and functional strength. It will also improve our sporting performances. For sports like surfing, snowboarding and skating, balance training should be a vital part of every training programme.