Think Outside The Box

6 Sep

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.

I am swamped with things to do…sooooo, today’s post is very short. Have you ever considered what plane of motion you are moving in when you workout? If not, chances are you have been stuck inside one box. Check the diagram below you will see three boxes cutting through the human body.

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The plane that splits the body in two, right between the legs, is called the sagittal plane. Movements in the sagittal plane include anything forwards and backwards. Common examples would be running, squats, sit-ups, presses, pulls, curls, and extensions.

The plane that splits the body into a front and back section is the frontal plane. This includes side to side movements such as lateral raises, lateral hops, and jumping jacks.

The plane that splits the body in two at the waist is the transverse plane. Movements that work are primarily rotational exercises. Wood chops would be a good example.

Now that you’re more familiar with what these three terms mean, think for a minute. How many “exercises” or forms of exercise do you do a week in the sagittal plane of motion? The majority of you probably realize now that everything you do in the gym is in the sagittal plane.

While the majority of your programming will continue to move you in the sagittal plane, allow room for exercise in the other two planes. This will help to prevent injuries and promote balance in your training program.

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