Before I got into biomechanics I was always approached by people telling me that they had 'weak' glutes or 'weak' hamstrings. They knew this from what other people had told them or from reading in magazines. And so I did what I thought I should do…I gave them strengthening exercises. Makes sense right? If it's 'weak' then we need to strengthen it?
Now I know different. Now I know to question and be sceptical. I don't mind people coming and telling me that they have 'weak' this or that. What I want to know is WHY it's weak.
Is it because it seriously is weak? Or is it because the muscle fibres are in spasm or have become glued together (fibrotic) and therefore they are physically unable to contract? There is a difference. Which means the treatment is different.
If we simply try and strengthen the area with the usual strength exercises without addressing any of the other issues then you are simply allowing the fibres that are working to become stronger whilst the fibres in spasm or fibrotic are just left in their 'weak' state as they are unable to join in. However if you release those problematic fibres then quite possibly that 'weakness' will be resolved.
So next time someone says that you have a 'weak_____' then question it. WHY is it weak? And what are you going to do about it?