My goal with one of my students is to increase his athletic skills. I want to make him stronger and faster. He has major gross motor deficiencies. He has severe scoliosis and has weakness in his upper, lower body and core. And I believe that his psoas muscle is barely working.
I’m giving him exercises to do each week; about 5. The exercises are to improve his full body strength as well as work on some running skills. This is the third week I’ve given him the exercises so I got to to see if they are helping.
His push-ups have gotten much better. I can really tell he’s practicing those. I’m not sure about his squats. His running form seems to be improving. His knees came up higher and his foot recovery was much higher as well. Perhaps best, he felt he was improving in his running as well.
What did concern me was that he was very fatigued after running only fifteen yards or so. This shows me that we have some serious cardiovascular and endurance work to do as well.
The exercises I gave him to perform this week were:
1. Stationary lunges, ten on each leg. I replaced the squats with these.
2. Triceps extensions on a bench. These are replacing the push-ups though I think he will continue to do them as well.
3. Mountain climbers. He did these on the floor (to continue to work core and chest) but I think I should have had them do them at an angle. From the floor is much more demanding and from an angle he could have been working on bringing his knees up faster.
4. Arm pumps. His arm gait is horrible when he runs. I thought he’d pick this up quickly but he did not. He needs more instruction on getting a good swinging motion from the shoulder.
5. Leg pull through. We continue this from last time for his running form. It also works on the knee lift and balance as well.
I will see him next week and let you know how he does.