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How can muscle imbalances keep me from reaching my fitness goals?

Many people suffer from shoulder, knee, foot/ankle, and low back pain. These disabilities are often due to faulty movement patterns brought about by muscle imbalances. These imbalances can ultimately affect the results of your exercise program. If muscles can't work as they should, they are not going to be able to adapt. Strength and hypertrophy (enlargement of muscles) will be affected. Ultimately, you won't be able to get as strong since the nervous system will not be able to communicate effectively with the imbalanced muscles. In turn, the muscles will not be able to reach your desired size, strength, and shape.

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