Tag: Physical exercise

Great CrossFit Injury Prevention and Performance Exercise

The workout movement CrossFit has exploded in recent years and with good reason…this program rocks at getting athletes into great shape. Unfortunately the intense workouts and complexity of some of the exercises performed may increase the risk of overuse injuries in CrossFit athletes. I was recently introduced to the Face Pull Y-Press, which I quickly fell in love with (click…

Muscle Activation Patterns During Sprinting

In order to best train to improve maximum sprinting, a good understanding of the requirements of the muscles involved in this motion must be understood.  The muscles must perform two tasks during sprinting: first, they must produce force to propel the body horizontals; second, they must produce a vertical force to counteract the pull of gravity.  These forces must be…

Tips for CrossFit Beginners

CrossFit is one of the best and most rewarding exercise programs right now.  Newbies to this style of training quickly become hooked by this community based system.  Starting CrossFit, however, can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips for beginning CrossFit and staying safe while starting. Master the basics – squat and deadlift Cleans, snatches, and thrusters are…

Preventing Shoulder Injuries With One Simple Exercise

The human shoulder is an amazing structure.  Baseball players can transfer forces allowing them to throw upwards of 90 mph, weight lifters can lift and support hundreds of pounds over their heads, and shot putters can toss a 16 lb. piece of metal over 70 feet.  Unfortunately, for any athlete performing overhead activities, the structure of this joint makes it…

Front Plank Hip Extensions

The front plank hip extension is a fantastic bodyweight exercise for strengthening the glutes and core.  Boren et al. (2011) studied several glute exercises commonly used in rehab and found that the front plank hip extension was one of the better glute exercises.  Glute medius activation with 75%MVIC for the extending leg and glute max activation was 106%MVIC! Performance of…