Segmental strengthening is the best way to make sure you have total body strengthening.
People miss this part of strengthening their body all the time. Everybody will just jump into a class, on some machine or copy a routine they saw and think that this is what they need to make them strong.
Unfortunately doing this will start to pull your body more out of balance and will eventually lead to injury. One reason (there are many) is that every muscle in your body has a job to do. And even more than that each muscle fiber direction(s) have jobs to do. But as we age, acquire injuries overtime or don’t train the body specifically certain parts of your body will start to not do their job.
This leaves the body to adapt so that we can continue to function. But this adaptation leads to funny movement patterns and things being out of place. It’s as if you had 4 strong people holding up a beam, but after time one of these people stopped doing their job and forced the other 3 to pick up the slack. They could do it, but it would lead to an awkward way of holding the beam and not be sustainable.
At SolCore Fitness Personal Training Santa Fe we use specific segmental strengthening exercises so that each muscle and the many different fibers get trained. Each segmental strengthening exercises respects the different direction(s) of the fibers and have a specific posture and range of motion to make sure they are “doing their job.” When you tell all your muscles and their fiber directions to do their job properly, then when you go to do a workout, an activity or just live your life your body will have the proper access it needs to do it efficiently and with strength.
Build your program with Segmental strengthening and watch your strength, balance and awareness drastically improve.