What would you say if I told you that you can be stronger than you are now without doing any resistance training? What if I told you that this was possible within less than an hour?
It sounds too good to be true, right?
Imagine driving a car in first gear. Once you get to around 15mph, the car will start to sound uglier and uglier the more you push the accelerator down. It will go faster but never as fast as it can and the more you drive the car this way, the more damage you will do to the engine and the gearbox.
When you reach 15mph, it is much easier to go faster in second gear. The ride smooths out and the ugly noises disappear. Second is meant for 15-25mph.
A tiny gear shift makes the world of difference.
Your strength works in the same way.
You can push your pedal to the metal but unless you're in a suitable gear, you will never perform the way you want and in the long term, you are asking for internal damage.
I know. I did it. I stopped a possible professional career in sport like this.
Now I want to help you change gear so that you can get more out of yourself more easily and with less risk and the best tip I can give you today is to think about your pelvic position as your gear stick.
For you to move your extremities – your head, legs and arms - with ease and power, your centre must be able to generate maximum stability. Think of what would happen to the propeller of a helicopter if its central attachment was loose. Stability centrally allows mobility at the extremities.
The pelvis is the heaviest bone in our body that acts as an attachment point for all of the most powerful muscles in us. The glutes, abs, back muscles and other hip muscles all have one of their ends here. Our pelvic position therefore indicates and/or dictates the state of these large muscles which in turn indicate and/or dictate the state of the muscles, bones and joints of the extremities.
At rest, a habitual excessive tilt backwards or forwards, easily seen by observing the arch of the lower back, means the centre cannot be fully stabilised. This robs the extremities of power from the larger muscles and in trying to make up for this, the smaller muscles and joints will become more susceptible to ware and tear.
By changing the habitual resting position of the pelvis to something more mechanically ideal, we change the habitual resting positions of all our other bones and joints and all of our musculature into a more powerful state.
Changing your resting, habitual pelvic position is like shifting gears. You instantly have more power at your disposal. This isn't strength that you have to work hard in the gym for - it is free strength.
Keep an eye out for part two of this post where I will give you a simple way of reeducating your resting pelvic position that you will immediately feel and done over time may make you realise you have been chugging away in a low gear without even knowing it!