Thursday, October 26, 2006

Core activation trick...

I don't exactly like to use the C word but everyone knows exactly what I am talking about so it has it's moments.

The trick - instead of drawing in or other cues - try this - on a padded surface where you knees will not suffer assume a kneeling position (both knees on the ground) and have a friend place their hand on your head - then have the friend move the hand a 1/2 an inch above your head. Now you must lengthen your spine and reach your friends hand without looking up or cheating. Notice what happens - what did you feel?

If you are quad dominant and have tight hip flexors you will have trouble feeling like you can extend your body. And you should feel your abs get tall - yet solid.

Better posture, better "core" activation and less quad dominant movement should be the results.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Combine this with the diaphragm advice from yesterdays blog and you will be on to something and try your Kettlebell military press from this position.


Franz Snideman said...

Great drill. I have people do that standing. I press a finger directly on the top of their head and press down. Then I have them lenghten their spine "trying to press" their press their head into my finger. Works great. It's called "axial Extension."

I'm going to try your drill today.

Brett Jones said...

Let me know how it works. Are you all safe from the fire out there in SD?

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