But, too much of the wrong thing can do more harm than good!
The research is very clear that exercise has tremendous health benefits, but what needs to be clarified is the impact of specific exercises on musculoskeletal health. We've been looking at how commonly used movements impact Sparta Science's variables since 2009. Here's what we found.
Each movement has a positive and negative effect. Unfortunately, there is no magic exercise that improves all of the variables simultaneously.
For example, on average, those that perform a Suitcase Deadlift as part of their program observe the following changes between Jump Scans.
- Load increases by ~0.37 T-scores
- Explode increases by ~0.22 T-scores
- Drive decreases by ~0.15 T-scores
While some individuals need to improve their Load/Explode at the expense of Drive (Figure 1), to others, this may be exacerbating existing imbalances (Figure 2).
Sparta Science's team of expert practitioners creates recommended plans for each scan type, considering this. While each individual will respond to movements at different rates, we want to ensure we are assigning movements that can predictably improve their Movement Health instead of prescribing the more traditional "balanced" training plan