Despite the fact that I spend a fair amount of time on the human aspect of weight loss there is in fact a very technical side to it as well.

This technical side applies to program and nutrition design and is subject to goals, aptitude and training "age" (the amount of time you have spent training in your life).
I have always been very technical when it comes to my client, but with myself have been more "intuitonal" when training. Especially in this last year, I have spent a lot of time not training (go figure) and traveling and doing all sorts of other stuff and have not been so technical when it came to a lot of things.
So it wasn't THAT much of a surprise, when I completed the 7 day Vegan Challenge and took some before and after pictures, I saw some things I didn't like


I absolutely hate pictures (I really didn’t think this whole social media thing through very much) and especially ones of myself. And as far as before and afters go, this one was completely useless. But my avoidance of pictures has also led me to miss seeing some funky things that are going on with my anatomy.

In the pictures it’s obvious (to me anyway) that I have some excessive internal rotation in my femur due to (I’m fairly certain) excessively working my adductors.

What? You thought I was all hippie love and Quinoa?

The technical side of training is something that we as trainers often neglect in ourselves, as we don’t often get or even encourage feed back the way our clients do.

So with sporadic training and over focusing on a muscle that had once been weak I have created a new imbalance that is making me look a little knock kneed (that’s what all that anatomical gobbledygook above amounts to). If you take a look at the way my legs are curving out of my hip they turn in towards another with my knees appearing too close together.

Never mind that my right leg is NOTICEABLE shorter than my right now and that adds to the oddity of my lower body in those pics.

Creating a more aesthetic appealing appearance is NOT just about fat loss.¬†I can’t repeat this enough.

So what do I have to do to correct this? A quick anatomy function check will show you that you balance muscles by strengthening the muscle with the opposing job, as it is not allowed to do its job properly at the moment and has become weak as a result.  Stretching the muscles that have become overly strong and easing off on training them further helps to bring balance back.

In this case this means I need to strengthen my abductor muscles, those on the outside of my hip responsible for external rotation of the leg as well as the external rotator muscles of the glute, responsible for the same. When these muscles are able to function properly again, they will also appear more shapely and will allow for fat to be burned off those areas in a much easier fashion, as circulation will flow properly to these areas again.

There are specific exercises I will be using to do this over the next 4 weeks, and I realize now that part of the issue was the type of equipment at the gym that we had. By not tracking my program, I was gravitating towards certain pieces more than others which did not help this situation.

My one leg becoming more impacted in my hip (meaning its become shorter) is an issue that I will need to deal with through manual therapy…someone literally has to work on loosening my leg bone in the joint and pulling it out, in a movement called traction. Weird, right?

While I am not thrilled to have let myself make some major rookie mistakes, shit happens and life goes on.

I am excited to tackle the changes and see what differences I can make in the matter of 4 weeks to ring in 35 with a proper start!

What Do you Think?