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Work the Negative

Consider the last time you tripped, missed a step or fell into a hole and sprained your ankle or twisted your knee. You injured yourself because you couldn’t react or de-accelerate fast enough to catch yourself from falling.

Improving balance is just one of the many ways my clients benefit from working out with me. Exercising correctly is a skill. In one-on-one coaching sessions and group classes I teach you to exercise correctly and efficiently. In a nutshell, I teach you how to de-accelerate, stabilize and build core strength.

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You learn de-acceleration when you resist during the easy parts of an exercise. This is called working the negative. For example, when you do lap pull downs, you know the hard part is on the downward pull.  You expect it to be hard and do it on 1 count. The easy part is on the way up and in order to work the negative you need to control and prolong the upward movement with a 1-2-3 count.

Another example of working the negative is when you do squats. You get a gravity assist on the way down; that is the easy part. You will strengthen your muscle fibers, stimulate growth and improve balance by prolonging and drawing out the movement as you drop into the squat.

Work the negative. If you do, you will get as much as 50% more from your fitness routine. If you want to increase your stability, improve your balance and become stronger over time, meet me at my brand new 7000 sq ft gym at 120 Country Club Gate Ctr, Pacific Grove, California, available everyday from 4am-10pm.  Call or text me today to get started (831)236-6199.

Selina Sabha - Owner and trainer of Fusion Fitness Pacific Grove
Selina Sahba

Fusion Fitness Owner, Fitness Writer, Trainer and Massage Therapist

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