What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? As it relates to glute/hip activation in relation to knee stability during… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability
Intuitive exercise. Reflexive exercise. As Strength & Fitness Coaches, we’ve all heard these terms before. Intuitive exercise allows the body to “load into dysfunction” in order to permit the neuro-muscular system a chance to discover functional pathways, or strategies, to complete the task, with correction of the postural or movement pattern dysfunction becoming part of… Continue reading What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?
I train a lot of athletes. I also get to see a lot of other people train athletes. One aspect of training that is clearly over-marketed and not well understood is core training. I think the most critical aspect of core training is anti-rotation training. If an athlete, or anyone for that matter, can’t… Continue reading Core Training for Anti-Rotation, Part 1
Should your athlete or client swing a Kettlebell? The answer, as it often is in fitness, is “it depends.” Kettlebells are everywhere in the fitness world. Every McFitness health club, every training center, every studio and then some. And everyone who’s watched 60 seconds of Youtube videos thinks they know how to swing them. But… Continue reading Step Away From the Kettlebell!
One of my favorite core strength and activation exercises for pitchers or other athletes for whom powerful rotation and good anti-rotation stability is important. Brian (rear) is giving us a look at the “Serape Effect,” which describes the muscular actions of an anterior and posterior crossover involving both deep core stabilization muscles and superficial, movement… Continue reading Core Training for Pitchers, Part 1
Adult clients need efficient exercise options. With busy schedules, it’s a good idea for fitness coaches and trainers to have multi-faceted options in their “tool boxes.” Here is an example of one of those multi-faceted complexes. Core training, metabolic conditioning, improved shoulder/spinal stability all in one (reasonably) simple finishing complex. Using a combination of KB… Continue reading Metabolic Conditioning with Sled and Loaded Carries 1
An “upgrade” to what we’re calling the “Strongman Spatial Challenge.” An 8 yard square, 3 foam rollers and 3 cones as obstacles. The rules: 1. Hit an obstacle, do 10 Rope Slams. 2. Flip the tire outside the square, do 10 Rope Slams. 3. On the last flip, the tire has to be back on… Continue reading Strongman Spatial Tire Flip Challenge
Core training. What is it, really? Is it “crushing”the abs? “Blasting” the glutes? Both at the same time? (yikes!) At its most essential, effective core training should begin with an assessment of alignment. Is the thoracic spine, rib cage and thoraco-lumbar canister aligned? If not, we must begin with low-level, simple neuro-muscular strategies to help… Continue reading What is Core Training? (Part 1)
A kettlebell. Present in so many fitness centers, gyms and studios that it’s becoming rarer NOT to see them. So many great exercises and activities to be done with them. A near universal favorite? The kettlebell swing. But are your clients “ready to swing?” The answer? “It depends.” Issues of hip and ankle mobility, glute… Continue reading Kettlebells – Ready to Swing?
Those in the fitness profession place a heavy focus on the idea of core “strength.” Mind you, I realize that we benefit our clients by helping them develop strength through the lumbo-pelvic hip complex, thoraco-pelvic canister and spinal stabilization system. However, strength is useless if you have an inadequate degree of “activation” of that strength,… Continue reading Core Strength, Control or Activation?