The split stance position is hands down one of the most underutilized positions when it comes to leg day workouts and lower extremity rehab. The split stance position can and should be utilized as a transitionary stance between double leg and single leg positions. Double leg support positions like in the squat and deadlift are great for developing strength and power; however, they can hide asymmetries from side to side and don't truly test the body's ability to coordinate complex movement patterns. This is why single leg exercises are a staple in many strength and conditioning and rehabilitation programs alike. However, many people struggle with single leg exercises like single leg Romanian deadlifts, step downs, and single leg hopping due to a lack of coordination, balance, strength, or all of the above. This is where the split stance position shines and can be utilized to "bridge the gap" to single leg exercises. Learning to own the split stance position will elevate your gym games and [P]Rehab your legs alike!
Single leg strengthening exercises are truly functional. Yes, I said the F-word. Single leg strengthening exercises are functional because they help with making activities of daily living easier, can improve athletic performance, can help with longstanding aches and pains, and can even reduce the risk of injury. It is essential to incorporate single leg strengthening exercises to your training regime, as it reinforces the principles of prehab. In this article, you will learn our go-to single leg strengthening exercises that everyone can benefit from.
Injuries are unavoidable. $HiT happens! Whether it's your knee, ankle, or hip, you need to follow a systematic return to running protocol to ensure that you've built up the adequate strength to run. Returning to running after an injury without a plan is like running a marathon without building up your mileage. It puts your body at increased risk of future re-injury! Follow these easy steps and you'll be back to running in no time!
Hamstring exercises should be a staple in every person's training program. However, you don't have to feel limited to the traditional and boring standing hamstrings stretch and leg curls. In this article, you'll find hamstring warm up and strengthening exercises that are not your average exercises.
Step ups and downs are amazingly simple, yet truly effective in lower extremity rehab. Adding variability to the classic step ups and downs is key to movement proficiency and developing a well-rounded athlete. Have you tried these step up variations before?!
Banded side steps….ooooh so fancy and sexy! 🤣But really, there is an over-obsession with the banded side step exercise in the fitness community and most don't really need to do this exercise if they are already healthy and strong as the maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) for the gluteus medius in the exercise is not even at an adequate level for true strength gains (<40% MVIC). However, in the rehab setting, the banded side step and all its variations (e.g. monster walks) are great for re-training proper movement patterns and neuromuscular control. Furthermore, bands are a great way to increase the MVIC in the exercise and challenge the patient even further.