How multi-planar movements completely change your workouts - and your fat loss.
I let Kareem do it again.
After dealing with the excruciating pain of his fingers jammed into my radial nerve (on video no less) my arm hurt for three days straight. Such is the price of treatment.
Every time this (admittedly brilliant) physical therapist works on me, it’s the same: pain during treatment, pain after. However, each time the residual pain is less and less. After the elbow tendonitis treatment you saw in my last blog post, I was actually able to use my arm again in under a few hours—a marked improvement. Here’s the video I’m talking about:
Inspired by the progress, I decided to drive down to Pennsylvania this weekend and get abused again. Of course, there are hundreds of qualified physical therapists in New York, but I am a bit picky with who treats me, and I trust Dr. K with my very valuable arm, so the drive is no big deal.
In the video below, Kareem and I talk a bit about the origins of and differences between our individual training methods, and specifically why I’m leaning a lot from having access to his new program.
In that video, Kareem talks a lot about multi-planar movement. We didn’t really get overly scientific, and I think most people pretty much get the gist, but let’s just quickly cover some stuff.
When we’re discussing planes of bodily movement, we’re really talking about three types of movement, all relating to one of the following planes:
It’s obviously inconvenient that the frontal plane has nothing to do with moving towards the front, but one learns to accept the occasionally annoying nature of anatomical terminology.
So let’s look at some exercises.
The lunge which Kareem demonstrated is a movement in the sagittal plane, as is a bicep curl. Something like a lateral raise would be a movement in the frontal plane. Twisting crunches and wood-choppers would be exercises in the transverse plane.
Now, all of those exercises are awesome, and if you’re skilled at programming you can use them and create something that will yield exceptional results. However, as you no doubt noticed, those movements are all uni-planar.
Kareem and his program Double Edged Fat Loss rely heavily on multi-planar movements for fat loss (more in the video below). What I love about multi-planar movement is that they can actually placed into any other program.
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As I mentioned in the video, one of the cool things about multi-planar movements like the spider lunge recruit multiple muscle groups… but the same can be said of full body movements such as a squat-to-press.
Moving in multiple directions at once strengthens the connections between mind and muscle; that is, enhances your connection to your nervous system, and allows for more powerful contractions over time. The end result is a stronger connection with your nervous system, and greater fat loss.
Personally, my favorite thing about DEFL is the fact that it contains so much information–it’s not just a training program, it’s really an advanced course study in fat loss and exercise.
If you want to increase your knowledge base as I have, please take advantage of Doctor Kareem’s program and invest in what is without question most of the best resources I’ve come across.