Saturday, July 2, 2016

Strength & Health TV - Episode 36: Strengthening Weak Points.

In this week's episode I talk about the importance of identifying and strengthening weak points.

Weak points are essentially weak muscles that are holding your lifts or performance back. Weak muscles can also contribute to poor posture and structural imbalances as well.

A lot of times I hear trainers and coaches say to focus only on the primary lifts, for instance if you want to bench more, then bench more. Technique is certainly important, no arguments there. However if a small muscle is weak and holding a lift back, I feel it is essential to train that muscle hard in order to bring up the primary lifts. For instance, if your legs are capable of squatting 500 lbs and your lower back is only capable of holding 300 lbs your squat will be closer to 300 lbs. The way to fix this is by building up the lower back through special exercises like reverse hypers, back extensions, etc. I've seen this work time and time again with my lifters, athletes and general fitness clientele.

Hopefully you enjoy this week's episode and if you have any questions or suggestions on future episode topics please leave them in the comments section below.

Stay Strong AND Healthy,