Maybe you are completely new to the concept of training and have typed in "exercises for...." into the Google machine. In a matter of seconds, you had millions of results at your fingertips and probably felt overwhelmed with what link to click. There is a mountain of resources out there and can leave you feeling information paralysis.
Let's simplify things and look at five exercises with tremendous upside for pain-management and performance.
As you go through the athlete aging process, one thing seems for certain, pain levels rise. Whether acute or chronic, there will be a point in your life where you experience some level of pain. In your youth, a three-hour pickup basketball session is met with minimal soreness. In your adult years, this might leave you looking like the tin man the next day.
Two Types Of Pain
Close your eyes and think about your favorite athlete. Think about your favorite athlete completing one of the signature plays or moments of their career. What do you see?
Some of the first things you might gravitate towards are traits of physical accomplishment. Did they change direction with ease, leaving a defender paralyzed? Did they move so fast or so consistent that it looked like they could go on forever?
Athletic feats are mesmerizing and, in one way or another, include traits we wish we could emulate. It might be the traits of power and strength. It might be a trait of discipline. It might be the body composition we associate with athletes.
You might feel like you are unable to be like an athlete due to being "too old" or "too creaky."
When you hear the word "core" you probably think of a picture of washboard abs. While this is one picture you can think of, your core is so much more and requires a robust training approach to prepare you for all of the demands of life and sport. While your brain is the overarching central command, your core is the central command of movement quality.
Your core must be able to handle load, rotate, stabilize against rotation, and provide your limbs with a strong base to work. Let's take a look at how you can progress your core training to prepare you for the demands of life and sport.
Push-ups fall in the category of "love" or "loathe" for many of my clients. The exercise itself is an effective combination of core control and horizontal pressing and has plenty of variations to drive progress.
Let's look at how to take your push-up from the basics to advanced variations will all of the challenge you need.
As you continue to progress in your fitness training, you might start exploring single-arm or single-leg variations of movements. Using these movement types provides some excellent benefits when it comes to your movement capabilities and also expanding the effect of your equipment resources. For a time, unilateral movements got muddied by unstable surfaces and other aspects that affected their credibility. With that in mind, let's look at some key benefits of unilateral movements and how you can maximize your training.
I love rolling out of bed and sliding into my training clothes. I love the first flicker of light that illuminates my garage gym and the stillness of the early morning. I love the process of training, finding my weaknesses, and trying to improve as an athlete.
I also understand that many of my clients do not see things the same way and that is OK!
When working with a client, we strive to improve performance, but I also place a heavy focus on how training helps make life easier. By doing this, the value of training increases, and this helps moments of doubt or "giving up" to lose strength.
Implement these three tips to make life easier and supercharge your performance.
The TRX is one versatile piece of equipment. There are countless variations you can utilize to squat, hinge, push, pull, and rotate. Here are a few that you might not be as familiar with. Give them a go!
Power development is critical to sport and also your ability to get out of the chair you sit in. While the Olympic lifts of snatch and clean & jerk are awesome tools for power development, they take a major time investment to master.
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