Latest article published on Stack is all about log training! Naturally, as logs are my favorite training pet :)
Need a simple and challenging workout? Grab a log in your yard.
A log is a unique and simple, yet effective training tool that's great for obstacle racers, military personnel and overall functional training. Log training is also good for sports the require stability and strength such as football and basketball.
It's one thing to train with a bar in a stable environment, but what about when you're sprinting or dodging while getting shoved by an opponent? You need to train how you play, and using a simple yet effective training tool....a log.....will help you do just that.
Here are a few more reasons to train with a log.
1. You get to play outside. Can't get to the gym? Get your training in your back yard, a park or wherever else is convenient. Carry it in your car and you'll always be ready to go.
2. Unlike a bar, logs are not comfortable. They toughen you up.
3. Best training partner. Your log is always there waiting for you. It has no excuses, even after you throw it around.
We'll look at three great exercises that focus on single-leg stability and strength, along with a sample interval conditioning set that is great for obstacle racers, military/tactical athletes, and anyone looking for an excellent functional training set.
Click here for the full article and to see the demonstration video!
A Pain in the Hip?
Check out this article on squatting and hip joint here!
It is a great article to explain why some people squat better than others. And why for some, squatting can actually cause pain! To expand, I am one that does not do well with squats. I have what is called femoral anteversion. That means the hip socket sits inwards a bit. It is worse on my right side. Hence, when I run, my leg (especially right side) kicks out. I used to try squats for years only to have enhanced pain with running. As a runner and obstacle racer, this was no good! In instances like these, single leg exercises (especially for the back chain) are more effective.
For example, are you long limbed? Many runners have long limbs. Do we really need to make them squat? Is there a right:left deficit? Or are they better off doing various lunge patterns?
Bottom line is there is no black and white when it comes to strength and conditioning. One size does NOT fit all. Doing the appropriate exercises for your body and your sport ... to make you function better, not worse...is what a good strength and conditioning coach should be focusing on.
Contact us at Rise Sport Performance and get individualized attention for your best results..whether you want to play better, live better, be better!
July 21, 2016: Throwback Thursday
To last fall, when I first started working with @wrx.crepes
I still remember when he first limped into my training facility, his knee was sore....I figured a slight meniscus tear? Turned out that not only was his meniscus so damaged they had to remove almost all of it, but he had a torn ACL as well! "Tough kid!" I thought. Rare. Despite the bad news, I was impressed!
Even more impressive was his attitude and perseverance throughout surgery and return to sport. We began "pre-hab" before surgery and within only a couple of days post surgery, he was right back at it. Rehab at physical therapy followed with more rehab and upper body and conditioning work at my place.
The result? Being stronger and ready to return 2 months faster than the typical process.
Most of our members at Rise Sport Performance and Obstacle Race Training do not realize the obstacle this young man faced and where he started less than a year ago. They only see him banging out 25+ strict pull-ups, performing Tarzan-like rope climbs, running 6min miles in the midst of hard conditioning sets, weighted vest work and 100lb sandbag runs, and performing hundreds of push-ups along with many other tasks....
Not to mention banging out 335lb deadlifts and 185lb cleans at 165lbs (being ROTC spec ops, heavy bar work is not our focus). While the other wishful dreamers are out drinking, playing video games, or making excuses...there is someone quietly putting in the work. No bs talk. No complaining. No excuses. Instead, greeting the task at hand with a smile and getting better every day.
See the post HERE