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You Need To Improve Your Grip Strength

You Need To Improve Your Grip Strength

If you can’t hang from a pull-up bar EASILY for 60 seconds you need to work on your grip. Even if you can, you should still work on your grip! When you give that test a try make sure you wrap your thumb around the bar.

Athlete Highlight - Training not Treatment fixed his Sciatic Pain

Athlete Highlight - Training not Treatment fixed his Sciatic Pain

Having chronic sciatic pain and back pain for a while due to a car accident, I needed guidance to get back into being active again. After training with Wes, It is the pain-free life I can have after training that lead me to come back for more. Also the 26 lbs I lost and fitting in my clothes better was encouraging too. 

Stop Stretching your Hamstrings Incorrectly

Stop Stretching your Hamstrings Incorrectly

Unfortunately for the majority of people they aren’t even stretching their hamstring, they are instead stretching their sciatic nerve. And just incase you didn’t know stretching nerves is a really bad idea.

Your Hip Flexion Stretching isn't Working

Your Hip Flexion Stretching isn't Working

Poor hip mobility is without a doubt a cause for not being able to achieve a biomechanically sound squat. Where do we start then? I always start by addressing athletes hip INTERNAL rotation.

External rotation and flexion of the hip are easy and hip internal rotation is a better predictor of overall hip health.

Isometrics for Better Handstand Positioning

Isometrics for Better Handstand Positioning | Movement Fix Monday

This is part 3 in the 'un-sexy' series on how to improve your positioning using isometrics (see part 1 and part 2 for more isometrics). The full part 3 write-up is here. 

This time we are talking about handstands and focusing specifically on the over-arching of the low back that is extremely common during handstands and overhead lifting.

"Most commonly in a handstand with excessive arching, the thoracolumbar junction get's used and abused. Thoracolumbar is just a fancy way of saying 'where your thoracic spine and lumbar spine meet'."

Developing a quality handstand will have great turn over to other exercises. The ability to achieve full wrist and thoracic spine extension, coupled with shoulder flexion while simultaneously supporting your body, has tremendous transferability to handstand push-ups, handstand walks and Olympic weightlifting. The handstand is what is known as an isometric exercise. Isometric exercises are a great way to build strength while decreasing your chance of injury. Performing an isometric exercise requires activating all of your motor units and at the same time producing a balanced contraction on both sides of the joint so no joint shearing, or increase in inflammation, occurs. Essentially handstands increase strength while reducing the chance of shoulder injury!