SGT Thomas Canfield
A type of training that is often overlooked is balance or stability training. Mastering these techniques can help build joint health to prevent injury. In the NASM training manual they suggest your first 8 weeks to a plan is composed of both training techniques. Start by using single leg work or single arm work on stable ground holding for 30 to 60 seconds. An example may be a single leg deadlift. Once you have built a good foundation you can begin to add unstable terrain by using tools like a Bosu Ball or suspension trainers. The final level can be reaction training which may be throwing a tennis ball against a wall while standing on 1 foot. So if you are looking to strengthen joints for future strength training, start adding balance and stability training today!