Posts tagged core
Neck Positioning and Strength Training: Part 1

Properly positioning the neck while exercising has engendered great discussion over the last couple of years. Issues pertaining to whether you should “pack” or extend the neck have been debated in the strength and conditioning field. But before discussing proper neck positioning during movement, you must initially learn to master positioning statically.

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Loaded Carries

Loaded carries are essentially mobile planks. Once a student has mastered the plank and side plank, we add carries into the programming. When a student begins utilizing loaded carries, the weight of the kettlebell or other implement, is an important consideration. I typically use a kettlebell that is one size up from what a student can press, squat, and deadlift with a single leg. Each carry complements a certain exercise more than others. The overhead walk with the press, goblet walk with the squat, and one arm walk with the one leg deadlift. This builds strength endurance and stability before moving onto more dynamic movements.

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Progressions of Glute Medius Stability

The gluteal muscles factor into nearly every strength or powerlifting exercise, and as Devin illustrates, their failure to fire properly results in the muscles of the back compensating, often times leading to lower back pain. Below, I discuss the function of the glute medius/minimus muscles, why they become weak in the first place and how to correctly strengthen the glutealcomplex.

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AB ROLLOUTS : The Key to bigger overhead presses and pulls!

The AB rollout is the ultimate anti-extension training tool and can be considered a “complete package” exercise for numerous reasons. For starters, it teaches you how to hollow your core and keep your musculature (abs, glutes) tight.  Second, it trains one of the primary movements of your trunk from a functional perspective: anti-spinal extension.  Lastly, as previously noted, the exercise has enormous carryover to many other strength and conditioning staples.

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