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Breathing Is The Catalyst To Better Bracing

April 12, 2022

If you’ve attended any lifting competitions or gotten any training from a gym on weight lifting, I can bet that you’ve heard “BIG AIR” being yelled at the top of a coach’s lungs. Some of you may have even learned the generic breathing strategy to “inhale on the way down (such as lowering the bar to your chest during a bench press or on the way down in a squat) and exhale on the way up or during exertion (as you press the bar off your chest or as you squat up).” Maybe someone has given generic advice that the “Valsalva maneuver” isn’t good for you. Why does the technique of breathing–besides the fact we have to do it to live– matter? Why this emphasis on breathing?

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How Specialty Barbells Can Help You Improve Performance And Reduce Injury Risk

April 11, 2022

You ever ask yourself, what is the point of specialty bars? Especially if you powerlift, and in competition, you use a straight bar, so why shouldn’t you keep training as specific as possible and only train with a straight bar? In this article we’re going to talk about why utilizing specialty bars can be the right move when trying to improve performance and reduce injury risk.

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Breathing and Bracing in the Bench Press

April 05, 2022

Just because you're creating a global arch with the bench press, doesn't mean that the rules change for the breathing and bracing mechanics. It's going to feel a little bit different because you're not in that completely stacked position. However, when you're set up in your optimal global arch, the trunk still doesn't move, we shouldn't be seeing differences in spinal position in the mid-movement, and for the reason of trunk stability, the rules around breathing and bracing still apply.

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Leg Drive in the Bench Press

April 04, 2022

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Rooting Drills and Why it Matters

April 01, 2022

Why is rooting so important?
Keep in mind that your foot is the platform in which the rest of your body works and functions optimally. The majority of people look past rooting, seeing it as one of those minute details that doesn't matter as much. They'll end up chasing TFL pain, movement dysfunction, knees caving in, or whatever it may be. But it turns out- it actually had to do with rooting your feet. This is one of the big primary things we need to focus on and develop, because otherwise the rest of your body won't be functioning optimally.

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