With the 6-Nations rugby tournament approaching I thought it fitting to base this week’s article on the importance of being ‘robust’. ‘Robustness’ is a word I use everyday when interacting with my clients yet very few have linked the word and its definition to their own rehabilitation and conditioning goals. Here’s why I think it’s such an important attribute to possess.
It is widely considered that the larger the person is, the stronger the person is; this may not always be the case. A weightlifter may be smaller in size and stature than a bulky-looking bodybuilder, yet be capable of lifting heavier loads. Instead of a large body, for the majority of sports having a large, active fat-free body mass is better. The more active body mass there is, the greater the strength, because force depends on DENSITY and diameter.
Many people ask me what I do for a living and when they hear my answer it’s sometimes met with confusion, or like the majority who say “oh, like a personal trainer”. Well, it’s actually very different from a Personal Trainer (PT), mainly because I don’t train people, I coach them – there’s a massive difference.
The basic lunge is a staple exercise for all those wishing to be more functional, and with multiple variations it’s an exercise you’ll never get bored with. That said, the lunge twist is still rarely seen and when I have seen it attempted it hasn’t exactly gone to plan. If you want stability then master this lunge variation!
In order to function properly we need strength and mobility, but we also need stability and control. In this article I explain the fundamentals of Dynamic Stability Training (DST) (sometimes referred to as Functional Stability Training) and how you can get better at it to prevent unnecessary injuries and improve your physical performance through increased efficiency.
The topic of movement competency (ability) has received little attention in the scientific literature away from elite level sports performance. However, there are a few dedicated professionals who are striving to bring this ‘missing link’ to a wider audience with a view to increase people’s awareness of its importance for the reduction of unnecessary injuries and increased performance.
Squats are, in my opinion, an awesome exercise for just about anything! However, as with all exercises this is only the case when the squat is performed correctly. With this in mind here’s my take on why most people have difficulty squatting. For common squat faults click here.
The topic of movement competency has received little attention in the scientific literature away from elite level sports performance. However, there are a few dedicated professionals who are striving to bring this topic to a wider audience with a view to increase peoples’ awareness of its importance for the reduction of unnecessary injuries.