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Compensation | Boddicker Performance

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by on Mar 12th, 2009

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It has been said before.  The body is an incredibly skilled compensator.  If your glutes shut off, your body will over recruit adductor magnus and hamstrings in extension as well as a little help in external rotation from the biceps femoris.  Sure, we all know that, but I was particularly fascinated today when listening to a lecture on cardio-pulmonary physiology.  The speaker was discussing the respiratory  muscles and their general function, but issued the caveat that in disease states, some people begin to recruit muscles you’d never think of as respiratory muscles.  For example, to assist in inhalation, the triceps brachii and erector spinae are called into action.  Conversely, to assist with exhalation, pec major starts to play a big role.

Do you think that the endless stream of pushups and situps are helping you breath easily during training sessions?  How about that horrendous posture you’re assuming?  I’d bet it’s not helping.


Carson Boddicker

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