One of the most amazing & fascinating aspects of human anatomy is how it is connected internally.
Ques: How training a specific body part in resistance training is different to training a circuit?
When we train a specific body part; depending on which muscle we are training, we are also taking use of other muscles. However, the usage of our musculature and whether it would help us gain fitness and health in general depends heavily on how we are using it. In sports – fast bowling, baseball pitching, tennis, etc;, it looks like we rely heaving on our shoulder or arm swing. Whereas, it doesn’t just finish at that. Instead, our reliance on spine, lower back, glutes, the entire posterior and anterior chain of legs, foot, etc. is equally important.
Ques: And therefore, why we should look at training the circuit instead of always looking to strengthen selected muscles for better health?
Advantage: Training the entire circuitry system trains the system to respond on the field in real time situations. It needs to be adapted, and it won’t, if we continue to do shoulder presses, or squats only, in lieu of gaining strength.
Ques: What does it mean to straighten out the structure or attending to the imbalance in our body?
Understanding the human movement science help us understand the movement. But just understanding the movement doesn’t suffice if we look at training sportsmen. We must also understand how to handle imbalance owing to repeated movement in sports.
Ques: Difference between fitness and sports fitness?
The main difference lies in recovery besides training for sports specific movements. Unfortunately, unlike our metabolic machinery or mind; we can’t relax a sports body with just sleep. Repeated movements in sports lead to imbalance and puts load on specific musculature. Now the caveat to any sporting movement is that it still requires entire body. However, if selected musculature is overactive/loaded/fatigued more than the other, our anatomy has this tendency of putting the load on the same musculature. The inhibited or sleeping bunch doesn’t wake up or gets activated by its own. This is why recovery – work on the structure is of paramount importance. Recovery is often understood as relaxation whereas, structural recovery has its own nuances. It doesn’t happen on it own.
If we understand anatomy, how it works, and the circuitry system of a movement; then we don’t need many props. Instead, we can do with what is available, and yet attend to whatever we need to.
The art of creating resistance within & finding relaxation within to me is one salient feature of sports training in my experience. And this can only be understood when we understand anatomy at deeper levels and not just from training perspective.
The isometric work stresses the musculature and forces it to get aligned. Having said that one needs to understand the load as there is a very thin line between when we can overstress the system instead of aligning it. Keeping it light (or just body weight) while focusing on biomechanically correct postural dispositions would help the system to not get over-stressed.
Spine, shoulder, upper back, and lower back
The connect is obvious to all however, do we really understand how to train it? I doubt it because otherwise we would seeing lot of spine work given sporting movements nuances.
Whereas, we have the leverage to bend/flex, extend, rotate, etc. in spine; we must maximise the leverage by keeping the structure balanced and practiced.