You’ve heard about symmetry before: It’s a mathematical principle that denotes exact equality on two sides. A butterfly’s wings. A snowflake. Your face. Some elementary school teacher probably taught you about all of this years ago, and you likely haven’t thought about symmetry since. But you should, and especially when it comes to running, because an asymmetrical body could be the culprit behind a nagging injury, or what’s keeping you from finally nailing a new PR. Learn more.
These six moves can help you determine whether your body has equal levels of strength and mobility on each side. Re-test every eight weeks, and note any weaknesses so you can address them with your PT.
tart in a narrow lunge, right heel aligned with ball of left foot. Hold a towel vertically down your spine, right elbow pointed toward ceiling and left hand at lower back.
Lower into a lunge, keeping towel straight.
Pay attention to: Front knee. If it’s moving away or toward the midline, it could mean an imbalance in the hips and glutes.
DEEP OVERHEAD SQUATStart with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Hold a towel and lift overhead.
Sit into a deep squat, towel aligned over feet.
Pay attention to: Knees and heels. If the knees cave in, that can indicate hip weakness. If the heels come off the ground, that means calves may be tight, limiting ankle mobility.
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