Next stop on the Brooklyn Boulders personal training tour: Queensbridge. Our newest location for climbing and community is located in the heart of the developing and robust Long Island City, filled with brand spankin’ new fitness equipment and a new team of awesome personal trainers (with a lot of personality).
Fitness is all about the foundation. You have to find the cracks and fill them first.
I got to spend a short session with Tricia Somma, who believes passionately in first building a strong foundation, physically and mentally, before progression. One lesson I learned from her was that most people have asymmetry in their bodies – that is, one side of the body tends to be stronger than the other.
Here are three simple tests for body asymmetry:
- Plank test: Get into plank pose, and then from there, move the right leg out to the right. Try again with the left leg and moving out left. For most people, there will be some shifting of the hips or bodyweight to accommodate a weaker or less dominate side. For me, it was my left.
- Pistol squats: This test is for those who are already fairly strong, but can reveal subtle asymmetries. Stand with one leg elevated parallel to the floor, lower, and then rise. Repeat on the other side. Notice which side is weaker with poorer form.
- Farmer carry: Even just walking around with heavy weights can reveal a body imbalance, if you’re compensating on one side or have bad posture.
Most people will show some body asymmetry. And, like most things in life, balance is important. Tricia instructed me to do single leg deadlifts with a dumbbell shoulder press.
How asymmetrical is your body? Get a complimentary personal training consultation to find out.
Next up – the personal trainers at BKB Somerville. Stay tuned!
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