The sun is finally starting to shine through (here in Michigan), and summer is finally here! The lack of vitamin D during the colder months may have reduced your ambitions to stay on your workout program and shot your ability to reduce your food cravings. Well now is the time to get back after it before summer comes. In order to shed body fat while maintaining and even build muscle, you need to have a […]
I follow a variety of great trainers in my industry to gain knowledge and see what they are doing to help their clients improve their overall fitness. I have come to really like 3 mobility/core exercises that I learned from them that I wanted to share with everyone. Check the videos out of these 3 great exercises and the trainers I learned them from.
1. Spiderman, Rotational Stretch, to 1/2 Get-up
I learned this back in June of 2011 at a Kettlebell Athletics Certification Seminar by a great trainer named Jason C. Brown. I couldn’t remember what he called it, but I was an instant fan of the exercise. I have made Spidermans and 1/2 Get-ups a staple in my programming, but never put the two together. Once I saw Jason demonstrate this I took a liking to it right away. It covers everything from hip and thoracic spine mobility, to a great coordination builder.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iye4RHk5mO8&w=560&h=315] 2. Goblet Squat to Overhead Squat w/Dowel or PVC Pipe
I recently watched Dan John’s Olympic Lifting For Beginners video that was done during his Never Let Go book tour event. Dan simply breaks down the overhead squat into a simple mobility drill utilizing the goblet squat, which he actually invented, and a dowel/PVC pipe overhead. It was such an ah-ha moment for me on how to improve both regular squatting patterns and the overhead squat. Not only do my clients have a tough time with deep squats, especially the overhead version, but I do as well. This mobility drill has made my life much easier when teaching the overhead squat.
3. Deep Squat Landmine Rotations
Ben Bruno is a phenomenal trainer from Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning that has such a creative mind when it comes to new exercises that make sense. This exercise is a very demanding one that gives a lot of bang for the buck. Not only does it help the deep squat pattern while improving hip mobility, but it also places a lot of stress on the core and shoulder stabilizers. Be very conservative with weight on this. I personally only used a 15# training bar for 10 reps each way and I was smoked!
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5COtRrsTWj8&w=560&h=315] Give these 3 mobility/core exercises a try and watch your body start to move and feel better!