by Dana Cavalea August 20, 2017

EVERYBODY WANTS BALANCE IN LIFE- BUT MOST DON'T TRAIN IT.

Athletes tend to have great balance. In all my years working with great athletes, I have always been amazed by how "balanced" and coordinated these guys are.
 
I personally am used to an occasional "trip" here and there- when hitting a jagged surface or missing a step on the way up the steps.
But, one thing I have seen with the PROS is that they very rarely misstep or trip. They have great body control and balance, much better than the average.
 
In coaching these guys, I would always give them drills to train balance. Sometimes they would be static (standing in place and moving a limb) and other times dynamic (using jumping, ball throwing), but in either case, they were always spectacular.
 
How many people at your gym do you see training their balance?
 
I see lots of biceps, triceps, chest and back, but never any balance.
 
But without balance, what do you have?
 
You have greater fall frequency, less coordination, less strength, and definitely a compromised golf and tennis game (or any sports you play)!
 
So what is balance?
 
Balance for me is having dynamic communication between your sensory nervous system and your central nervous system.
This simply means when your body interprets compromised balance, the signal is able to get back to the brain very quickly and efficiently, followed by a rapid response from the brain to the sensory nerves of the foot and lower body. This signal is what "turns-on" certain muscles that are responsible for stabilizing the body.
 
Our job is to make sure those muscles are trained and have enough strength/ tone to complete the task of balance.
 
That is why foot health and strength is so important. Training balance barefoot is also helpful in that the foot muscles will be asked to work that much harder!
 
So if you are looking to take your BALANCE game to the next level, check out www.danacavalea.com for today's videos! #trainlikeapro
Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a high performance speaker and consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. With the New York Yankees Organization, he spent many of those as the Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement, winning a World Series in 2009. Dana is also the founder of The Proformance Agency, a network of like-minded coaches focused on advancing the performance of CEO's, Executives, Celebrities, and high profile performers. Dana is the owner of ML Strength, a group of health, wellness and fitness centers located in the New York Tri-State area.


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