How many of you have ever struggled with your vehicle warning lights? It’s a great system that reminds us when we need to change our oil, when a tire’s air pressure is low, or when you need to take your car into the shop to have a mechanic check the engine.
As great as the system is however, it can be incredibly frustrating if you don’t know what the warning lights mean, which is very likely if you don’t have an owner’s manual. The human body is the same way. There are many “body warning lights” but we need to know how to interpret them. Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about?
Let’s take the hip hinge movement, or a body weight Romanian Deadlift. If you are unable to get your body into the position in the attached photo, you are missing optimal range of motion, most likely due to restricted mobility in the hamstrings and posterior hip. You won’t blow your back out tomorrow-just like your engine won’t blow immediately when you ignore the change oil light-but ignoring the warning indicator your body is giving you does put you at a higher risk for injury due to compromised movement patterns.
The amazing thing is, your body gives you these indicators in almost every movement you perform. The key is having an owner’s manual to tell you what the indicators mean. It’s one of the biggest benefits a good coach provides-letting you know when your body is giving you a warning, what the warning means, and what you can do to fix it. Remember, you can ignore those indicators for a short time, but if you are looking to maximize your performance and keep your body running at a high level, you have to listen to what it is telling you!