Posts tagged lifting
Take Pride Tuesday's: Skinny Fat to Lean Machine

Our recent Take Pride Tuesday blogs have begun with a goal and have graduated into making fitness an important factor in striving to be better. Like Mike, many of our clients who strive to be better, join the Iron Lion team. Don’t be overwhelmed by the end results you may see- consider them options during your own journey. Celebrate your successes and keep pushing yourself.

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How to breathe : The Power of Breathing

The ability to breathe efficiently and have control over one’s breath can be the key to unlocking strength, having more energy and managing stress (relaxation). Breathing is the facilitator of all human movement. Yet most people breathe incorrectly, which hinders their performance and can even cause chronic muscle tension and pain. 

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Poise Under Pressure - The Turkish Get-up

The Turkish Get-Up is the epitome of poise-under-pressure. The head, neck, and torso align perfectly to form a harmonious postural relationship. In other words, our bodies are properly stacked during this exercise, allowing us great freedom and an enhanced capacity for global movement. In Michael J. Gelb’s book Body Learning, he wrote of the link between head, neck, and torso: “[The link] increases our store of potential energy, allowing movements to be undertaken in the most economical way possible, so long as the balancing mechanism is not interfered with. And it promotes the best possible functioning of the body’s life-support system (i.e. breathing,circulation, digestion) and of intelligence and emotions”. This is the exact relationship that occurs in a well-executed TGU. The Get-Up is the perfect blend of looseness and tension and encompasses all qualities of fitness, including strength, stability, mobility, flexibility, endurance and hypertrophy.

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I swing to be strong for life

 Just like most of students of the kettlebell, the swing has had a profound effect on me. I was fortunate enough to have been indoctrinated into kettlebell training eight years ago by Jeff Martone. It was the practical application to my study's of Gray Cook and the movement screen (PNF, reciprocal inhibition, irradiation). Jeff also had one point that he hammered home, everything derived off the swing (ex. clean & snatch). What he meant was, learning the swing is a pivotal point in our strength journey, without proficiency in the swing and learning how to hip hinge correctly, all other exercises would lack efficiency.

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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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