I think one of the most asked questions I get is this: “Can I still correct my bow legs as an adult?”
And the answer is… yes! As long as you are following a key principle I like to call “Progressive Correction.”
Today, I’ll teach you all about what it is and why it’s so critical for you to implement in order to correct either bow legs, knock- knees, or false curvature.
Our bodies are made to adapt quickly to their environment
Let me tell you a story about one of the jobs I had when I was younger.
I was 21 and working at a high-end furniture store. The store carried some very nice stuff like executive desks made out of solid oak, super tall closet armoires, and heavy duty sleeper sofas (you know, the sofas that have a bed inside).
In other words, this was not exactly IKEA furniture.
My job consisted of loading these heavy items into customers’ vehicles, as well as delivering them to their homes if they didn’t opt for doing a store pickup. That meant carrying them inside people’s homes – and sometimes up the stairs.
Now, while I think I’m fairly fit, this was not exactly a job for my type of body. I’m 5’7” on a good day and weight an average of 165lbs. Most of my co-workers were 6′ and up – and built like grizzly bears.
I still remember waking up the morning on my second day. I honestly felt like I had been beaten up by a gang of people. I never thought I’d make it working this job. I was worried because the economy was in a bad place and jobs were scarce. Plus, the working hours at this store were really flexible and I was in school at the time, so finding another job that would pay the same with a flexible type of schedule would not be easy…
So I pushed on.
And you know what happened? Strangely enough by the end of my first week, I stopped being sore all over (even though I was still carrying heavy furniture inside people’s houses for 8+ hours a day) and I simply got used to the daily duties of the job.
You see, I simply couldn’t quit this job (I needed the money badly), so I just pushed on until my body got used to the daily stresses of the job. Afterwards, carrying heavy sleeper sofas or giant oak desks simply became second nature to me.
My point is this: the only way your body will change is to create an environment that forces it to adapt and make improvements.
This is the #1 reason why most adults who start a bow leg correction plan fail miserably: because they simply fail to expose their bodies to an environment where a stimulus powerful enough will force their bodies to change.
It’s sad to see really, because I know exactly what it feels like when the shape of your legs doesn’t seem to be improving and you start wondering whether you are completely wasting your time or not…
Progressive Correction is the missing ingredient
During my research into natural correction techniques for bow legs, knock-knees, or false shin curvature in adults, I stumbled upon one key concept that would change everything:
And that is what I call “Progressive Correction.”
Progressive Correction is based around a principle where new stimulus is constantly introduced to prevent your body from adapting to its environment – and keep it moving towards a certain objective.
For example, let’s take a look at teeth alignment. In recent years, a product called Invisalign has been completely transforming people’s lives by straightening their teeth and giving them a smile they are proud to show to an entire room – no matter how crooked, mis-aligned, or spaced out their teeth might’ve been before.
Millions of people swear by Invisalign products, because they simply work.
And you know why they work so well? Because they follow the same principle of Progressive Correction.
The entire process is simple:
- You go to your dentist to get a mold taken of your current teeth’s shape
- Your doctor sends this mold to Invisalign
- Invisalign sends you several size trays
- You start wearing tray 1, which gently starts shifting your teeth into a new position
- Every two weeks, you switch your tray with a new one, further introducing a new stimulus to keep your teeth moving in the right direction
- After a certain period of time (depending on how much work is needed), your teeth will be shifted into a perfect position and you’ll have a movie-star smile!
Natural bow leg correction in adults is no different
The real key to correct bow legs, knock-knees, or false curvature is to constantly provide new stimulus for your legs to keep moving to their proper positions inside your body’s natural grid.
Now, if you’ve been searching for a solution for quite some time, you might’ve stumbled upon other bow leg correction programs out there like Sarah’s “Bow Legs No More” or Selena Johnson’s “Bow Legs Remedy.” Both of these programs are great because they include a series of exercises that will help with correction of knee deformities like bow legs or knock-knees.
Unfortunately, neither of them follow a Progressive Correction strategy. Which means that a lot of people might never see real results from following their recommended protocols because their bodies might adapt quickly to the exercises outlined and prevent any visual improvement in their legs.
So what can you do?
My advice to you is this: whichever program you choose to follow, make sure you are constantly introducing new stimulus by making each exercise harder in some way or form. This can be done by adding more sets, more reps, or switching your exercise routine every 6 weeks.
For example, let’s say you suffer from bow legs as an adult. You know that the problems you have to correct are the following:
- Weak or lengthened hip flexors
- Weak or lengthened lower back
- Tight or overly strong core
- Tight or overly strong posterior chain muscles (glutes & hamstrings)
- Tight or overly strong abductors
Now, if you follow some of the recommendations on my free guides, you know that a great exercise for correcting bow legs is “Step-Ups” (either on a bench or lying down as I recommend on my eBook), because they start strengthening your weak hip flexors.
However, a lot of people’s bodies will quickly get used to this exercise, making their correction efforts useless.
In order to keep the stimulus going, you should try either adding more reps, more sets, or switching to a more advanced move like the “Marching PSOAS” with a resistance band around your feet.
This will ensure your body never quite gets used to its new environment and is forced to keep changing – and for your muscles to keep getting stronger and continue “pulling” in a certain right direction.
The right direction is what will ultimately bring your knees into perfect alignment and correct your bow-legged appearance once and for all.