If you aren’t using a lifting belt properly, it will not keep you safe from injury. In fact, the false sense of security a belt provides can increase your risk of injury (Siewe et al. 2011). This belief that one can push past their ability has actually shown an increase in the number of lumbar … Continue reading Truth Time: Do Lifting Belts Keep You Safe?
For athletes, we know the role that the central core plays in terms of stabilization and force generation. As it is becoming widely recognized, core stability is necessary for efficient biomechanical function to not just minimize excessive loading on joints but also maximizing force generation during strength activities. However, we also know that strength athletes … Continue reading Addressing Postural Stability, Balance Training for Strength Athletes
Now I know I don’t need to be the one to tell you that an effective training program is critical for success and making performance improvements (no brainer, right?) -- but you may be wondering where to start. Well first, it’s important to understand that each program will vary by sport and an individual’s training status, … Continue reading Designing Your Own Training Program? Read this First.
Must ponder: How to Commit to Your Goals (Successfully) Decide What You Want. Write it Down. Make a Plan. Work on it Every day. Want to improve yourself? Want to make changes? Follow these steps to create a personal growth plan. What are you really trying to change? Next, write it down so you … Continue reading Monday Musts
Core training has been a major buzz term over the last couple of decades. We hear it and immediately shut down – because let’s be honest, training your core sounds almost as exciting as standing in line at the DMV. Plus, we quickly realize that core training is often confused with abdominal work. "Five Minutes … Continue reading Core Training: The Neglected Piece of Programming That Deserves More Attention