Making Modifications

Have you ever heard that slogan, “To err is human, to forgive – divine”? What about when our own bodies seem full of errors, can we forgive our bones, joints and muscles and learn to work with their shortcomings? I hope so, because by making simple modifications you will enable your body to thrive within your limitations.

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Modifying Exercises ensures an injury free body

Wrists, shoulders and knees are the loudest complainers in the fitness industry, and they should be! These complex joints are at the heart of motion we make during a good workout. So here are some fast ways to modify if you suffer in any of those areas.

Instead of using a flat hand while doing push ups, make a fist and do them in your knuckles.  This will relive the tension on the wrists and will actually help you to gain strength in your wrists faster than by using a flat hand.

Look at the back of your hand when you lifts weights or do yoga.  Is there folded skin in the crease of your wrist?  If so, try putting  your wrist in a more neutral position and notice how those lines go away.   It also helps to hold an object, like a dumbbell or a ball if it hurts to make a fist.

Protect your shoulders by avoiding direct overhead raises.   For instance, if you are doing a military press, don’t go straight up, rather shoot for an angle of about 70-degrees.   If it always hurts to raise your arms, stick with motions that keep your elbows completely below your shoulders at all times.

One way you can modify for your knees is to never go below a 90-degree angle between your calf and hamstring when you do squats.   You should always be able to look down and see your toes peeking out in front of your kneecaps.  If you can’t see your toes, this is a sign that you may be placing to much weight in your knees.

Thanks for reading my blog today and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them or any other comments that you may have at my blog at www (dot) SDTrainer (dot) com.

To Your Continued Success,

JJ Brawley N.C.P.T.

“The Fitness Specialist”

San Diego Personal Trainer

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