While it has been suggested that our ancestors walked an average of 25 miles per day, many of us in modern society are hard pressed to accumulate even five miles per day. Looking at this comparison, it is little wonder why we suffer from obesity and chronic degenerative conditions such as arthritis, degenerative joint diseases and muscular disorders.
The key to maintaining, rehabilitating or improving our function rests in improving how we get from Point A to Point B. The TRX Suspension Trainer allows the therapist or fitness professional to create corrective exercise patterns using only an individual’s bodyweight to progress from double to single leg lower extremity patterns that are common when walking. In the video below, Dr. Evan Osar and Integrated Movement Specialist Steven Schmoldt describe specific cueing and exercise progressions for improving gait and alignment using double leg movements including the squat and the split squat (both with bilateral grip).
In Part 2, we'll look at the next series of progressions in this gait corrective exercise program.
For more on using the TRX to improve or restore function, visit our Sports Medicine page and download our White Paper titled "TRX Suspension Training Bodyweight Exercise: Scientific Foundations and Practical Applications."
Dr. Evan Osar (www.osarconsulting.com) is a chiropractic physician in private practice in Chicago, Illinois where he works with professional athletes. Dr. Osar has a diploma in clinical massage therapy and holds certifications from the ACE, NASM and NSCA. He is the founder of Fitness Education Seminars and developer of the Integrated Movement Specialist certification for fitness professionals and manual therapists.
Steven Schmoldt is a 19 year veteran of the fitness industry. He is certified through ACE and has received an advanced certification as an Integrated Movement Specialist. Steven specializes in improving movement and restoring quality of life in the senior and post rehabilitation populations.