Posts Tagged "breathing"

Strength Training Tips

Whether you are doing heavy lifting, body weight exercises, bootcamp-style or mat work, there are a few very important things to remember for your resistance training practice. Some of you may know this and forget, so I figured it’s time for a little cheat-sheet reminder! 1) If you are doing something that involves moving the limbs – squats, push-ups, rows, lateral raises, lunges… anything at all – never lock your joints. If you are repeatedly “locking out” your elbows in an overhead press with every repetition, the load is transferring from the anterior delts to the elbow joints. In a squat, if you are letting your knees “lock...

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How to Engage Your Core

How to Engage Your Core

I recently answered a few questions for an article on Fresh Juice, found here. I also wanted to share with you some lengthier elaborations, as they may be of some use to my readers and to my clients: Visualization techniques for engaging the core: There is a natural collapse inward in the abdominal muscles as we exhale. Therefore, exhaling can emphasize a tightening or a closure through the core. In order to first learn to wring air out of the abdominal area, thereby engaging the core, start with the breath. Sit up straight. Lock your pelvis still. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, think about pressing the belly button back toward the spine. We are...

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