If you’ve ever been to a gym where people are lifting weights, you’ve likely seen people wearing weightlifting belts. This begs the question - why are weightlifting belts and exercises paired together? Why do some people only use weightlifting belts with certain exercises versus some people wear weightlifting belts with every exercise? The biggest questions - how do they work, do they actually help you lift more weight, and do they make you “safer” or prevent injury? In this article, we will explore some of these questions, share our opinions, and let you decide whether a weightlifting belt would be beneficial to your training or not!
Dealing with low back tightness? You're not alone, did you know that low back issues are the most common musculoskeletal complaint and one of the top reasons for time lost at work? However, don't be too alarmed, another way to look at it is low back pain and tightness is like the common cold of the musculoskeletal system. Just like the common cold, there can be a lot of reasons and contributing factors that make low back issues come around. The best way to manage low back tightness is to treat it comprehensively. In this article, you will learn different methods that you can start applying immediately to give you low back relief, as well as a follow-along 5-minute routine that we promise you will make your back feel like a million bucks!
If you spend an afternoon at your local gym long enough, you will inevitably see someone deadlifting in a way that could make your own back hurt! Chances are, you may have even strained your low back trying to master this complex exercise. Yet, you’ve also heard the deadlift being praised as the best exercise for maintaining a strong and healthy back. So, which is it? Is the deadlift the problem or the solution to your back pain? In this article, you’ll learn how the deadlift exercise can help you to overcome back pain, how to perform proper deadlifting with back pain, as well as some key measures supported by research that you can use to evaluate when you are ready to deadlift after a back injury!
The deadlift is one of the best exercises for both the power and strength athlete as well as the recovering patient in rehab. Not only can the lift be progressively overloaded for a proper training/rehab stimulus, but most importantly, it gives individuals the confidence that they CAN in fact lift heavy objects off the floor and combats the notion that "the back is inherently fragile". I mean, if the back was so fragile could it withstand the forces from a world-record 501kg (1104.5lbs) deadlift set by Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, better known as "The Mountain" from the Game of Thrones!? Yes, we are all not built like a strongman, but that doesn't mean that our inherent anatomy precludes us from picking up heavy objects off the floor aka deadlifting. Every individual can and should be able to bend over and pick up an object off the floor. Think about how many times you have helped move furniture, open a garage door, or help a buddy lift an object. Failing to warm up properly before deadlifting is the biggest mistake one can make in the gym, especially when lifting heavier loads. In this article, we're going to go over deadlift warmup essentials to make sure you are prepared and ready to lift some furniture with a friend or hit a new PR in the gym!
The Pelvic Floor is a term that is gaining more and more attention in the healthcare world. You might have heard this term specifically geared toward women or childbirth, or you might think that older folks are the only people with pelvic floor problems. You might be thinking what exactly is the pelvic floor, do I have one, and what can I do to help improve my pelvic floor health. Let’s begin with the basics by breaking down what is the pelvic floor exactly, and we will then demonstrate a few pelvic floor exercises that can allow you to maintain a healthy pelvic floor!
Are core exercises as important as we once thought? Several reviews have recently challenged the idea of improving core stability for the prevention and treatment of low back pain. There is strong evidence suggesting that stabilization exercises are no more effective than other forms of active exercise in the long term. That is not to say that core exercises have no utility, as I prescribe core exercises on a daily basis within the clinic. This article demonstrates a few advanced core exercises that you can perform to take your core muscle function to the next level!
The pallof press is a staple core and back strengthening exercise that you'll find in many different settings. Whether it's [P]Rehab, personal training sessions, group exercise classes, you name it, the pallof press is a common exercise for good reason. In this article, you will learn the value and reasoning behind the pallof press as well as different pallof press exercises.
Side planks are an excellent exercise to strengthen the entire body, from the hips to the core and all the way up to the shoulders. However, not everyone can or should start with the traditional side plank. Also, there are so many variations and side plank progressions to target different body areas that you shouldn't only settle for the traditional side plank! In this article, you will learn the ultimate side plank guide that includes side plank progressions and side plank variations.