A strong back will take you far in life. While most people are out there focusing on their “mirror muscles” you’re doing your rows and building a healthy, resilient, muscular back. The row is a compound movement that hits your back, shoulders, arms and core. When programming rows it’s important to maintain a 2:1 (or even 3:1) ratio of pulling to pressing. This will help alleviate imbalances and specifically shoulder issues. A stronger front side because of years of pushing horizontally and vertically can lead to rounded shoulders and less than optimal posture which will eventually lead to pain. A strong back from top to bottom will help alleviate postural issues and create a solid foundation for heavier lifting.
When it comes to pulling there are many implements you can use. Kettlebells offer an ergonomic advantage with their higher position than a dumbbell. The center of mass with a single base (as opposed to two sides of a dumbbell) makes it slightly...
5 Kettlebell Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Just as with any tool the kettlebell can do some damage if they aren’t treated properly. Too many trainees see a picture or watch a couple of videos and give the kettlebell a whirl. The devil’s in the details with kettlebell training, but with many explosive kettlebell movements a few bad moves can be exponentially dangerous.
Some mistakes are obvious and require a complete form overhaul while others are a bit more nuanced. Here are five of the biggest mistakes I see with kettlebell training and the easiest fixes to get you back on track.
1 - Back Pain with Swings
Swings are a dynamic movement that require a hinge that already puts your back in potential danger and speed. Combining those two things with a client who doesn’t understand moving through tension.
The Fix: Increase intra-abdominal tension through diaphragmatic breathing
2 - Slamming Forearms with Cleans
Cleans are one of the first movements...
By: Aaron Guyett, M.A., B.S., CSCS, FRCms, FRAs
Education Director and Master Coach
So many people are talking about flow, and there is an equal amount of people that have zero clue what these flow-people are doing.
Turns out, many of the flow-people are just using yet another term that has been watered down and turned into whatever feels good at the time.
Person 1 - "Check out this flow that I am doing with the kettlebell." (performs cool sequence of fluid and dynamic movements with a kettlebell)
Person 2 - "I am so flowing right now." (Really into a video game)
Person 3 - "I am flowing." (Gives dog a treat...)
Let's break down what flow state is, and then we can begin to see how flow workouts began to exist in the fitness industry and the Gram (as in Instagram).
Flow State is a heightened state of arousal and focus, also know as being in the "zone."
If you have played sports or even been really into a creative craft or competition...you may have experienced flow state.
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