Hyperextension occurs when there is excessive movement in a joint, causing the joint to open at an angle that is beyond healthy range of motion. Hyperextension is common and makes joints vulnerable to injury. When you are in hyperextension you are causing excess wear and tear on ligaments and tendons and not using the muscles surrounding the joint.
We focus on helping clients understand the difference between “hanging out in their joints” and making the muscles work to stabilize the joint through movement. You will hear a common cue to “keep a soft bend” - whether it is in your wrist, elbows, or knees. This can often feel strange and challenging at first, but creating awareness and focus will help keep you healthier in your joints, and you will build strength in the muscles supporting your joints over time.
Hyperextension in Action | Planks
This is one of the benefits of small group classes, at Niche we max out at five clients per class ensuring quality instruction, safety and proper form. We want to help create awareness and empower you with lessons that you can take with you outside of our studio as well! If you have any questions about your alignment - please be sure to ask our qualified instructors.