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Always Maintain Perfect Lifting Technique

27 Nov

Broken-lift[1]As I circulate through high school and college weight rooms, I continue to observe that young men (sorry, guys, but it’s mostly us) are enamored with the amount of weight they lift.  Many of them would rather execute lifts with more weight — using poor technique and reduced range-of-motion — than reduce the weight and perform the exercise properly.  They believe that more weight equals a better lift.

One of the “secrets” to building exceptional strength, explosiveness, and athleticism is to ensure that your lifting technique is flawless.  Athletes who become preoccupied with “how much” and “how many” compromise their results and risk injury (attention CrossFitters).

When performed properly, the benefits of exercises like the squat, deadlift, and bench press extend beyond the weight room.  Proper form means protecting your spine by keeping your back straight and core tight; and recruiting the large, powerful muscles of your hips and thighs more effectively.

When your form is perfect, you’re teaching your body to move more efficiently.  Poor lifting technique leads to poor movement. The key is to practice  perfect technique with every repetition you’re lifting.

Here’s a tip for executing every lift with flawless form:  Before starting your regular sets, perform one or two warmup sets using half the weight you’d normally use, to prepare your muscles and connective tissues for heavy loads.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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Core Strength and Stability is the Key

15 Jun

bosu-ball-exercise-ball-elevated-push-up_-_step_2.max.v1[1]If you’re an athlete training to improve your performance, developing a strong, stable core — shoulders through hips, and not just abs — should be a priority.

Since every athlete’s strength and power are generated from the core musculature, movement-based, multi-joint exercises — including rotational and anti-rotational exercises — are important components of a well-designed strength and conditioning plan.

Here’s an article from EXOS titled, Why a Strong Pillar is Critical for Soccer, that discussed and simplifies the benefits of a strong, stable core, including:

  • Balance and stability
  • More effective and efficient movement
  • More muscular endurance/less muscular fatigue
  • Injury risk reduction

Although the article addresses soccer, the principles apply to all athletes and sports.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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