For our body to perform optimally we must have all of our muscles work in concert together.
Row in the same direction.
Be on the same team. Running the same play and acting unselfishly – just “do your job” as Bill Belichek would say.
This is the last analogy I want to concentrate on today.
Imagine that you had a basketball team with LeBron James and a bunch of role players. You would probably want LeBron to have the basketball most of the time and let the other team members simply play their role.
That isn’t to say their roles aren’t important – LeBron can’t win a championship all by himself, but he IS the best player and needs to do most of the heavy lifting. If a team player decides to try and “be LeBron” and LeBron almost never touches the ball despite being on the court, then the team will most likely lose.
In our body, the role of LeBron would be your butt.
Your butt is the biggest, strongest, and most centrally located muscle. It needs to do the heavy lifting while the other muscles (hamstrings, lower back, quadriceps, hip flexors, etc.) just play their role.
It’s not like you don’t have a butt, and it’s not like LeBron wasn’t on the court – you just weren’t using your butt or LeBron enough.
The first step in getting your butt back in the game is telling all those team players to just do their job. We don’t need them to be the stars of the game, we only need them to assist LeBron/you butt.
This involves exercises like:
1. Foam Rolling – quadriceps and hip flexors in particular.
2. Stretching – again hip flexor and quadriceps stretch reign supreme.
Then, you need to give the ball to LeBron and let the man go to work. These are all great drills to get your butt in gear:
1. Glute Bridge
Perform these exercises for 3 to 4 rounds and I guarantee your body performs and feels significantly better almost immediately.
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