The brain trains movements, not muscles.
Understand this bio-mechanical, neuro-muscular reality and you can find a much smoother pathway to correcting muscular, movement pattern and kinetic chain dysfunction.
Andrew exhibits slight asymmetry in lunging, 1/2 kneeling and rhythmic activities like skipping, jogging/backpedal and shuffling. Hip flexion/extension exhibits incompletely on one side vs the other.
Should I focus on “glute activation,” or am I better off determining which patterns reveal the dysfunction the best and creating conscious activities to illustrate them and show a way to improve them?
If glute function is impaired, getting him to use them by doing exercises that require glute function is akin to telling a blind person to watch where they’re going.
The prone to supine log roll is one of the simplest ways to reveal, then apply a reflexive corrective to, the issue of glute and/or hip dysfunction.
Because it’s reflexive, it requires little cueing once the athlete is properly positioned. Because it is related to the human neuro-developmental sequence, there is already a deep-rooted motor control pattern in the brain, largely eliminating one possible impediment to improvement.
Can you see the asymmetry as it is revealed in this activity? Which hip/glute is impaired, relative to the other? What is the relationship of the hip/glute to the core and spine in this movement? Can you imagine how modern life might “mess with” this primal part of the NDS?
Most importantly, how can understanding this help you get better or serve your athletes and clients better?