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The Secret Undercurrent That KILLS Your Clients Fitness Results? Hey, I’m Sarah from mostmotion®. I’m here with another video for every sports and fitness coach who is trying to help their clients push past those barriers that seem to stop them getting the results that they deserve. So what is the secret undercurrent that’s killing your client’s performances? Well, it’s quite simple. It’s the idea that clients are not doing this on purpose. Okay. So the clients will feel like they’re giving you their best performances, but as coaches, we see these totally differently, we can see their emotional relationships to food. We can see their inconsistencies. We can see their motivations go down, even when they can’t, but there’s one thing that’s stopping all of those things or exacerbating all of these reasons that we can come up with as obstacles for our clients results. And that is muscle tightness.

Okay. And I mean, movement restriction. Now I’m going to use the example of the spine because that’s a really good way of explaining what’s happening in your body. Now it’s my experience of having done over 30 years now of experience with helping people with their fitness and over 10 years of helping people through soft tissue treatments with their injury. So injuries basically have been my life. And it’s been my experience over that time that when the spine is restricted, it creates like an agitation that runs through the body and it can influence behaviour. And it’s really easy to see. You see those people who just can’t sit still? Those people have got tightness around the spine. And one of the main reasons for that is because the spinal column is where all of your nerve endings travel. And it’s a really important part of your body.

Let’s face it. If you have a spinal cord injury, you’ll be paralysed. So it’s really important to your brain. It’s very protective of your spine. And when your muscle tightness around your spine is creating pressure on your spinal column, then your brain feels like there is a problem with your spine. And it creates this increase in anxiety, increase in muscle tightness around the rest of the body and can cause changes, behavioural changes and emotional changes too. So I’m going to show you three different ways that tightness around the spine will cause your clients, these issues, these obstacles towards their results. So the first thing is that your tightness around your spine creates an inability to relax. Okay? Like I said, those people who can’t sit still they have tightness around the spine and when you have a tightness around the spine, you can have that inability to relax.

Then it means that you’re not sleeping properly. If you’re not sleeping properly, you’re more tired. And when you’re more tired, you will eat more than you would normally, your motivation goes down. You know, you put things off that you could quite easily do because you can’t be bothered, all that kind of stuff. So that’s one way that tightness around the spine can influence your client’s motivations and all those other mindset obstacles and things like that that are getting in the way for their results. The second thing I’ve got some notes here. So I don’t forget is that it increases stress. If your spine is, or the area around your spine is very tight, it pushes your body into the fight or flight nervous system and that increases the amount of stress. Now, if the rest of your client’s life is also very stressful, then adding more exercise, especially intense exercise to that level of stress might just be pushing them beyond what they feel like they can manage right now.

And it will be a subconscious thing. So they will start putting things off, they’ll start procrastinating. They will start you know, feeling like they don’t want to do it. And then they will you know, they’ll, they won’t feel like it’s as important as the rest of the things in their life. So their time management will start to go down and their motivation to do what you’ve asked them to do will also go down. And it may well be just a perception of the amount of intensity in the exercise that you’re asking them to do, that’s causing the problem. So sometimes just increasing that amount of stress, feeling stressed inside of the body can cause perception issues that can influence how well they’re going to be committed to your program. So the third reason is it decreases their ability to recover.

So when you have increased muscle tightness in the body, it reduces the ability of the body to get rid of the toxins that are created through exercise. So it stops the oxygen, getting to the muscles in the first place, and it decreases the amount of the ability for your body to get rid of the toxins out of the muscles once you have exercise. So that can cause an inconsistency with what they’re doing. So they may well be dedicated to the first week or something like that, of your program. And then they hit this wall of not being able to recover. So they do the training, then it takes them four days to recover. Then they do the training, it takes them four days to recover and the cycle just goes on and on and on. Okay. So that will create inconsistencies. And that will decrease

somebody’s motivation to be able to stick with your programming. And it may well not be anything to do with your programming. That’s the point. It’s likely to be something internal to them and the muscle tightness internally to them. And they won’t know about it because remember the majority of muscle tightness is painless. Okay. That’s really important to notice. And because it’s painless, they won’t even recognize that it’s happening to them. So what can we do as coaches to decrease this amount of muscle tightness in the bodies? That is very simple, that is adding variety of movement to their exercises. Okay. Now it would take me ages to explain it to you. So I’ve put together a free little video that you can grab just by clicking this link. Okay. I’m going to walk you through a five minute warmup. I’m going to show you what that warmup is and explain to you what’s happening as we go through that process. And we’re going to use hips as the example for that, because everybody’s got tight hips. Okay. So make sure you comment below. If you like this video, click the likes with the hearts. If you want to share it with people and click the share. And if you’ve got any comments, any questions, put those in the comments below as well. Thanks for watching. And I’ll see you again. Next time.

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