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.
This article will feature 5 different phases of a dynamic basketball prehab warm up. The dynamic warm up will be broken up into dynamic mobility, glute activation, core activation, agility activation, and plyometric activation. Each of these 5 phases plays an important role in improving basketball performance.
Learn how to master Bulgarian split squats! Whether you call them BSS, rear leg elevated split squats, or rear leg elevated lunges - we are covering everything you need to know about this exercise including why you should do it, alignment, set-up, and variations!
Hamstring injuries are among the most common non-contact injuries in sports. The Nordic hamstring curl exercise, in particular, has been shown to decrease risk by increasing eccentric hamstring strength. In this article, we're going to cover our favorite nordic hamstring curl variations to prehab against hamstring strains!
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!
The best squat warm-up should include a full body dynamic squat prep. Preparation is key when it comes to squatting better. This article features some of our favorite content that will squat prep your body for every type of squat you can think of.
Learning box jump progressions and how to do so safely is something that all health care practitioners and trainers should know. Understanding box jump progressions can expand your toolbox to optimize performance for your patients, clients, and athletes alike.