I ran my first half marathon in May 2017. With no running experience and being an epic procrastinator, I began training a short three months before the race. About five weeks out from race day I went for my first double digit run and suddenly began to feel excruciating pain outside my right knee.
This was the start of my life changing journey of strengthening my stabilizers.
After numerous doctors and physical therapy appointments, I really learned the importance of my stabilizers, in my case as a new runner, particularly the gluteus medius (glute meds).
Stabilizers are the muscles that assist the primary movers. They stabilize the body during movement so we don’t flip flop all over the place. Stabilizers are key as your body ages, they keep you running, walking, standing, and lifting. With weak stabilizers, your primary movers bear too much weight leading to injury – such as knee pain in the case of a runner.
While we all want to see our primary movers grow, ignoring our stabilizers will lead to inefficient growth of our primaries and, not to mention, expensive medical bills for all of the physical therapy we’ll eventually need to compensate for our lack of care.
If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes gains in all aspects of fitness, or if you’re like me and you’re already in physical therapy but struggling to keep up with the exercises and need some extra motivation – let me know. I’m here to help you stabilize, strengthen, and grow. I will work with you to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s running your next (maybe first?!) race or developing muscle to lead a healthier lifestyle. And whether you’re working with me or on your own, don’t forget about those stabilizers. Strong and healthy stabilizers make all the difference!