Posted on March 02 2018
Taking care your body outside of the gym is absolutely crucial to having a great training session. Whether you’re lifting weights, running, or doing yoga, the way in which you treat your body determines how your muscles will function and the kind of results you’ll see.
Ben Ross loves helping people live healthy lifestyles, naturally. As a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the 28 year-old is able to offer sound fitness advice to his clients.
He believes incorporating corrective exercises into a fitness schedule is very important. “You’ll have less aches and pains and your recovery period between workouts will be quick,” he said.
Self-massage or self-myofascial release is an example of corrective exercise. One method is to foam roll. Foam rolling allows you to target pressure on a certain area of a muscle in an effort to loosen it, allowing you to have a better range of motion during your workouts.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries.
Ben said corrective exercise can reduce the chance of you experiencing any of these issues. “You have to make it an everyday routine … and realize that gym isn’t the only place to work out your body. Foam roll at home often, don’t wait until you are about to go workout.”
Ben has been active his whole life, as a child he ran track. His inspiration for staying healthy is partly rooted in getting picked on when he was younger. Exercising was a way for him to escape from all the negativity.
“I was able to clear my mind and think about nature, life, and my purpose, regardless of how others treated me. I always knew my self worth. I knew I belonged.”
As for people looking to work out, Ben has some advice to help get you started.
“Just start somewhere … it’s easier than you think.”