As a recap for the week, I'll be putting up the five favourite posts from you guys and girls who support me on my social media. I'll also be providing the behind-the-scene to what came about with each post to give you a better understanding of the purpose of each one.
1. Lunges: Love Them or Hate Them.
This was to introduce some of the accessory work I prescribe my lifters at SES. More importantly, I wanted to provide a picture of how lunges can be modified in terms of where the overload can be distributed to elicit the adaptations you want in regards to strengthening the body.
2. When one learns to use their legs, one feels the weight move easy.
This was a highlight of one of my athletes whom I have worked with awhile back and recently gotten back to working with her again. It is empirical for an athlete to constantly improve and one of the things that will help sustain progress in the lifts is the use of the legs. Because you be squatting most of the time so learning to translate that squat strength to your lifts will only help you progress your lifts further if taught to use the legs well.
3. Keep Your Hips Healthy. Don't Be Lazy.
This was actually posted while I was sitting down waiting for my chiro to be done with his sessions at our collaborative weekend at Warrnambool. I have always found that keeping good posture is easily forgotten and many, including myself, try to get away with it and only see negative repercussions in your training or lifts. Treating it like incidental exercise, making mobility an incidental thing is also relevant in ensuring that you are taking care of your body if you want to put it through vigorous training.
4. Shoulders Over = Staying Over.
The basis for this post was more along the lines of something I read online. There is a constant battle in the way the power position is taught. I just wanted to provide my logic and explanation behind the positioning of the shoulders but more in lines of making sure that the legs are positioned well under the torso in order for the correct direction in force production. It is afterall the crux of the lift as getting to the power position and how you move off from it can make or break the lift.
5. Keeping The Back Knee Bent in The Split.
This being one of my more recent posts, this came about as I was teaching several of my lifters who were working on their jerks in this past week. From personal experience having gone through injury with the hip flexor from not bending the knee too much (also because I have terrible core strength), I have found it easier to support the weight of the bar with a bent back leg. Ever since, teaching the bent knee has also helped with preventing the lifter from leaning forward too much or shifting the hips forward when achieving the split.
So that's it for this week's Favourite Five. As always, thank you for your support as I continue to share with you more of my thoughts and ideas in the sport of weightlifting.