The bench press is among the most popular gym exercises, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. “If you’re not using correct form, you can put a lot of stress on the shoulder joints,” warns Mike Fantigrassi, NASM-CPT and Master Instructor. “The shoulder has the most mobility of all joints,” he adds, “which makes it less stable” and more vulnerable to injury. Try Fantigrassi’s tips to make the most of your bench press exercises:
Had it not been for an ACL tear, would the NASM Optimum Performance Training™ model exist? Fortunately, the world of human movement science will never know, because that college-football injury changed the career trajectory of Micheal A. Clark, MS, DPT, now known as the creator of the NASM OPT™ model.
Traditionally, reactive or power training has been viewed as training used exclusively in athlete’s programs. Although this is an important component in the athlete’s protocol, it’s an equally important component in the exercise program for a typical gym member. Every activity we perform, whether on the playing field or during everyday activities, require individuals to react and generate force quickly to certain demands place on our structure. It is critical that individuals are trained at speeds that are functionally applicable to everyday life and sport, decreasing the risk of injury and enhancing overall performance.
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The sport of cycling can be as challenging as the rider wants it to be. Meeting that challenge means developing power in the prime lower-body movers, particularly the quads and glutes, while creating balanced strength in the supporting muscles. It demands rock-solid core muscles for your legs to push against, which will also help transfer power from your arms as you pull the handlebar.
A high school athlete walks through our doors and we can see their strength, stability and biomechanical control deficits from their gait pattern. We’ve also had collegiate and professional athletes come to our facility with the same issues. The only differences between that young, beginner athlete and the older, elite athlete is that the elite athlete has typically maximized and benefited from their gifts and masked or hidden the compensations and weak links much better. The result is that we often get athletes coming to us because they can’t figure out why they got injured.
Despite growing popularity and adoption of programs incorporating heart rate (HR) zone methodology, the fitness industry in general appears to lack a solid understanding of the scientific facts and limitations to this programming concept. The goal therefore is to present relevant information so that fitness practitioners and fitness enthusiasts can better understand the pros and cons to using HR zones.
To this day, we still hear certain squat rules echoed over and over throughout gyms and health clubs by many fitness professionals that often sound contradictory. While some rules emerged through research, the origins of others may lie in folklore and myth. The squat is one such example where we hear an endless list of cues: keep the knees behind the toes, align your knees over your second toe, open your stance, keep your head up, and many more. Which do we trust as evidence-based and which present as more myth than fact?
Today’s typical golfer faces many challenges. Not only are golf courses becoming longer and more difficult, but today’s golfer is actually less prepared to play the game. In today’s automated society of long commutes, computers and television, many golf enthusiasts are not properly conditioned because of a lack of movement in their everyday lives. People today are spending more time in office-related jobs and more hours at work. Due to this, individuals are sitting for longer periods of time (less daily activity), increasing the chances of poor posture, muscle imbalances, and poor cardiovascular conditioning. The combination of a dynamic movement like a 100 mph golf swing and a 3-4 mile walk can be very challenging for most people and lead to poor performance and/or injury.