Many forms of repetitive strength and endurance training can lead to tighter, stiffer muscles and joints. We refer to this as, “training for tension”. Tension training can help you bulk up and gain bigger muscles, but is also makes your muscles, tendons and joints tighter. This will result in decreased range of motion, more wear and tear on the joints, increased risk of injury and a general feeling of chronic tension in the body.
Tension versus Mobility
Tension Release TrainingSM(TRT) is a revolutionary form of training that releases muscle and joint tension while simultaneously building strength and endurance. Most forms of repetitive strength and endurance training create tension(check your IT bands or shoulder muscles) as you build muscle. What makes TRT unique is that you can work out lightly or you can train at an extreme level and not suffer from joint tension or chronic muscle stiffness. In fact, TRT will teach you to progressively increase your mobility the more you practice the technique.
How Tension Release Training Works
Tension Release Training works by learning to use the larger muscles of the body to support the smaller muscles and joints. The larger muscles are referred to as the “core” muscles of the body. All movements and all strength work begin by engaging the core muscles in a specific way. This unique engagement results in a powerful connection of the upper and lower body to the larger core muscles. This creates strong and fluid movements and makes it possible to relax muscles and joints while training. Relaxing muscles and joints while making the muscles work results in strong muscles that are more supple and flexible with increased mobility to the joints.
Conversely, if muscles and joints are tense while training, the result of the training will be tighter and stiffer muscles and joints. If you create large muscles that are contracted and tight, these muscles will have constant tension which constricts blood flow to the tissue, which in turn decreases oxygen flow. Tissue deprived of oxygen(hypoxia) will tighten with continued use, resulting in stiff muscles. These stiff muscles attach to tendons. The tendons will tighten as a result of the constant tension being applied to them. Tendons often attach to joints and the joints will be constricted because of the constant tension from the tight tendon. Tight muscles and joints leave you more susceptible to muscle, tendon and joint injury. This is how chronic muscle tension has a negative effect on the joints.
The way to make muscles stronger is to increase the muscle mass — make the muscles larger. If you create larger muscles that are more supple, you will still have strong muscles. Supple muscles do not mean the muscles are weak. Olympic swimmers are a good example of people with strong muscles that are supple. There is less constriction in supple muscles and the increased blood and oxygen flow will result in increased stamina to the muscle. Additionally, the lack of constant tension will decrease the tension to the attached tendons and joints and minimize the risk of injury such as “pulled or torn muscles”, strained tendons and joint injury.
Mobility for Life!
Tension Release Training works even as you age. Practice building a strong and mobile body and your body will continue to improve over the years and learn to be mobile throughout your entire life!