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2. It’s amazing how what you do in the gym translates to everyday life. Some movements have obvious real life similarities – for example, your deadlift looks and feels a lot like when you pick a bag of groceries off the floor. But some are not so obvious. Being on crutches for the last three weeks presented several logistical hurdles – none more glaring than how the hell do I get up off the couch or bed without using my legs?
Enter the turkish get up! I found myself using the first part of the TGU dozens of times a day when I was trying to sit upright without using too much of my bad hip.
That is why using free weights for the majority of your training is vastly superior to machines. You learn how to functionally move, which has far more carry over to life’s everyday tasks. You don’t need to be a competitive athlete to reap the benefits of free weights and compound exercises.
3. If you didn’t watch ESPN and ESPN 2 last weekend, you may have missed the conclusion of the 2015 CrossFit Games. And you would have missed some impressive feats of strength, endurance, and technical proficiency under immense fatigue. Hats off to Ben Smith and Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir for defeating some of the most in shape people in the world. Say what you want about Crossfit, but the top competitors are impressive athletes. PERIOD.
4. I started training upper body again last week. I prefer to train my overhead press in a standing position because it forces my core and hips to stabilize while my shoulders and arms press overhead. However, since my hip is not up to full weight bearing yet, standing isn’t an option. I decided to do an oft used shoulder exercise to break back into training – The Bradford Press. This exercise actually is a more bang for your buck shoulder exercise for several reasons:
- hits all three of the deltoid heads
- maintains constant muscular tension
- allows a great training effect without excessive load
One of the downsides to the exercise is that it does require a high degree of mobility. People who suffer from impingement or rotator cuff issues should avoid doing them. This exercise is not for pure strength either – do Bradford presses for hypertrophy and to build structural strength in the stabilizing muscles.
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