For many people there is a gap between what they want and what they are willing to do, and that gap can be a source of unhappiness.
His deadlift is square: No shifts to the side, no one hip higher than the other, no bulging spinal erectors on one side. So how would this yield (or contribute to) low back soreness on one side?
the concept of biofeedback training is that you test your body in some way, do an exercise, then you redo the same test. If your body responded favourably to the exercise, you will perform as well or better on the test after doing the exercise and you should do more of it. Conversely, if your body tested worse after the set, then it wasn’t the right thing for you at the moment, so stop doing it.
We continue to use a number of Pallof press variations, but I do have one complaint with them: not everyone feels them the way I would expect. It’s an exercise that I want you to feel in your sides, but for some people, they feel it more in their back.
I still don’t love regular step-ups for the reason noted above, but I find the lateral position for the start and finish fixes that. Given the right cueing and feedback, it’s difficult to cheat a lateral step-up. It also trains/requires hip stability, which as Martha Stewart would say, “it’s a good thing“.
Can we learn from the stories of the successes of others? Of course. Can we apply the story of the success of another to our own situation?
I think those of us in the gym world should take a lesson from the movie Claim and start to get excited about our exercise achievements. Claim that deadlift PR! Claim that first push-up from the floor! Claim that body weight squat! Claim that seventy second side plank!
“I’m heading off to [insert amazing vacation destination] next week and I was wondering what I should do for a workout while I’m on vacation?” I suspect I’m not the only personal trainer who gets this question from clients whenever vacation season rolls around. Instead of giving verbal vacation workout guidance to my clients, I thought I would share my vacation workout plan for all to use. Do these four exercises at least once a day while on vacation.
Is there one lifestyle habit you have that you want to change? You keep trying to change – maybe every January 1 – and you quickly fall back to normal within a few weeks (days? hours?). What if you tried again but cut the habit in half? Could you do it for months and years? How about a quarter of that habit?
Unless you’re Serena Williams, you need to train your body in addition to your game if you want to be your best on the court.…