When You Can’t Trust Your Feelings

There are times when you cannot trust your feelings.

Your nervous system has relegated a number of muscle-firing sequences to your subconscious. While the purpose is to allow for higher-level thought to occupy the conscious mind, it backfires in every movement pattern that has become dysfunctional. This mechanism also compensates whenever an activity forces a greater range of motion or load than the neuromuscular system can currently bare. Over time, these compensations become habits. Habitual movement feels normal, even if the movement is actually abnormal and dysfunctional.

In these times when you cannot trust feelings of proper movement, you must rely on external cues (visual cues from a mirror or outside observer, or touch receptor cues from correctly placed props or movement re-trainers).

Author: Chicago Fitness Training

Personal Trainer NASM-PT, CES Warrior Diet/Controlled Fatigue Training Level I BA, University of Illinois at Chicago - History

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