The stork exercise is one of our all-time favorites for gluteus medius activation and neural priming prior to exercise. Not only is it already in a functional weight-bearing position, but you can ramp up as much activation as you want by pushing harder and harder into the wall!
Squat better with this full body dynamic squat prep. Preparation is key when it comes to squatting better. This article features some of the best dynamic warm ups that will squat prep your body for every type of squat you can think of.
As we’ve highlighted before, the single leg deadlift is one of my absolute favorite exercises for [P]Rehab purposes. You get phenomenal posterior chain recruitment and single leg stability is absolutely vital for injury prevention as well as sports performance. In my humble opinion, single leg stability is not emphasized enough in sports programming. Whether you are a complete newbie to strength and conditioning or a stud who performs the Romanian Deadlift (RDL) and all its variations regularly, this foolproof step-by-step guide will show you our favorite drills to learn the single leg Romanian deadlift.
The hip is a ball and socket joint with 27 muscles that cross it to control its many planes of movement! Some muscles act as primary movers while others act as dynamic stabilizers of the hip. When the hip capsule is hypomobile or tight, your body may compensate from either up or down the kinetic chain to gain mobility. This has been shown to lead to pathologies in the lumbar spine (Reiman 2009, Devin 2012, Burns 2011) and lower extremity (Reiman 2009, Cliborne 2004, and Currier 2007). This article will show you 4 exercises to improve your Hip Mobility! […]
We have simplified the literature investigating running to bring you the Runner’s Prehab Checklist. For the new and experienced recreational runners, this is a reference guide with biomechanical information to check and optimize your movement system for running. Be sure to add these exercises to your training routine to protect your body in helping you run!
21st century golf training is no longer just hitting the range or putting green. It has evolved into human movement training with mobility, control, and strength at it’s centerpiece. Professional golfers are acknowledging the benefits of this type of training, and you can find them training at Premier Fitness Systems located in Scottsdale AZ. The crew at PFS are leading the way in this shifted mindset, designing programs that are driven by owning and controlling human movement.
This article was first published on the The Strength Doc, Dr. John Rusin’s Blog.
Have you ever strained your hamstring before? You’re not alone! Hamstring strain injuries are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injury in the United States. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. One study found that over a 10-year span in the NFL, the occurrence of hamstring strains was second only to knee sprains. The average number of days lost for athletes with hamstring strains ranged anywhere from 8 to 25 days, which equated to missing up to 4 NFL games or 25% of the season. Even more concerning is that hamstring re-injury rates are extremely high, especially during the first 2 weeks after return to sport. In fact, over 1/3 of hamstring injuries will reoccur during this time.
Everyone has a slightly different bony anatomy. Whether it’s a longer femur, bent shin (tibial torsion), or a rotated hip socket (acetabular retroversion), your anatomy, in addition to your functional goals, should ultimately drive squat depth. So how deep or low should you squat? From an injury prevention and biomechanical perspective, there is only one thing that should matter – posterior pelvic tilt.
In the words of the glute guy @bretcontreras1 himself “deadlifting oozes strength and functionality. There’s something to bending over, grabbing a hold of heavy weight, and standing up with it that makes you feel like a primal powerhouse.” Deadlift variations are simply loaded hip hinge patterns, which is an essential movement pattern to master not only in the gym, but also in day to day function.
In particular The Romanian Deadlift, or RDL, is one of our favorite variations and we’ll be charing our top 5 favorite RDL variations for [P]Rehab and strength and conditioning goals alike.