Unfortunately, a few wellness and fitness myths are spread so often that they are taken at face value.
One such myth we’d like to expose is that you should predominantly work the muscle groups you use the most.
Take a tennis player with a hard, heavy serve.
You might think a player dependent on their hard serve should primarily focus on their shoulder and arm muscles in the gym and on the court.
What you don’t think to strengthen are the muscles on the back side of your body.
Most sports are naturally forward-facing. This means athletes are primarily building muscle and strength on their front side.
But every muscle pulls on other muscles in the body. So as an athlete builds more and more strength in the front side of their body, they need to work the opposing muscle groups to keep the body from continually pulling forward.
Introducing exercises like this video is a great way to support the muscles that are often weaker, in order to help keep yourself in balance.
And you can find more myth-busting wellness and fitness tips by checking out our free webinar NeuroMuscular Balance Webinar
Kalindi Dinoffer is trained in multiple aspects of mindfulness in life and in sports, sharing on her blog MindfulKalindi.com. She is also certified to teach yoga, fitness, reiki, and MFR. Kalindi also serves as VP marketing at OnCourtOffCourt.com, a leading supplier of tennis, pickleball, fitness and yoga training aids and equipment and has been published in Tennis industry Magazine and Pickleball Magazine, and has conducted workshops at conferences around the world. In her spare time, Kalindi plays tennis, pickleball and table tennis and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking and cross country skiing in the winter.