Rachel is a bit of a machine in the gym.
But a life long rugby player (full contact may I add) and ballet dancer, I don’t think Rachel will mind me saying she has one or two problems which can cause her issues day to day and in training.
She has very inactive hamstrings (which has suffered huge atrophy), which in turn created extremely tight hip flexors for over compensating whenever possible, this creates back pain and has a negative domino effect across the body.
We have been doing anterior lunges (walking) for sometime and it became apparent due to her life of ballet, she refuses to go on her heals and reactivate her posterior chain.
So here she is using a balance pole, forcing her feet in a Dorsi flexion when making contact with the ground.
This is forcing her to re-teach her post chain to fire up on a day to day basis, stretch out her tight hip flexors and engage the glutes.
Each session becomes a little bit better than the last and a little less painful.
Sometimes it’s vital to go back to the basics in order to progress with the training ahead.