If you’ve ever felt a “pinch” in your hip in the bottom of your squat, or have worked with a client who complains of this symptom, this article will help educate you on why this may be happening and teach you what you can do to keep your hips healthy and ultimately avoid this painful pinching.
Bench pressing is a staple in most fitness enthusiasts’ exercise programs. It’s likely that your first experience in the gym was a chest day, and ever since that, you’ve continually chased the feeling of your first chest pump. For that reason, along with its association with bodybuilding greats and its place in power lifting competitions, the barbell bench press will never go extinct. Nor should it; it’s a great way to put on size and gain strength in your upper body. But, before embarking on any bench pressing journey, you need to consider your risk:reward ratio and ensure that you’ve bullet proofed your shoulders to handle the demands of barbell benching.
At one point or another, many of us have incorporated single-leg training into our programs. Single-leg training is a great way to develop lower body strength, stability, hypertrophy, and also burn a few extra calories, because each set is going to take you twice as long to complete when compared to bilateral lifts. However, single-leg work is often neglected because it can be monotonous and may put you in positions where you feel awkward and unbalanced.
But, as an athlete—or anyone who gets off of the couch during the day—it’s important to be able to accept and deliver force on one leg. Single-leg exercises can leave you trying to find balance and prioritizing stability over actually training your lower body muscles. Oftentimes, it takes slight
The front plank is both one of the most commonly used and misused exercises in the gym. They’re often performed incorrectly, likely due to the fact the being able to hold a front plank for a long time is like wearing a badge of honor. Like any other exercise, you must ask yourself why you’re including it into your workout routine. The front plank is an excellent exercise for building endurance in your core and keeping your spine healthy—both of which are essential prerequisites for developing more dynamic stability that can carryover to your sport or daily activities. So, if the front plank is such a valuable exercise, where does it go wrong?
The push-up is one of the first exercises we all learned to do. Whether your first exposure was from gym class or from being told you needed to do push-ups and sit-ups every day to stay in shape, it’s fair to assume the push-up has been part of your workout routine longer than any other exercise. Despite its longevity in people’s training programs, the push-up is still an exercise that is often performed incorrectly.
Because the push-up allows your scapula and shoulder joint to move more freely, it’s a much safer option than the barbell bench press, especially if you have a history of shoulder problems. Because push-ups tend to be something we’re taught at a young age, and because it’s recognized as a safer alternative to bench pressing, many will rush to performing push-ups on the floor. Furthermore, they’ll frequently add on sets and reps, and