Hey Live Leaners,
Here’s episode #2 in the #LLTV “Lightening Round” series. You can check out the first episode here. In this video series, I’m answering common fitness questions in 1 minute or less on camera. Each video will be less than 3 MINUTES!
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I’m not a fan of using knee straps as it can increase the risk of injury when you’re not in the gym. In other words, it doesn’t necessarily increase functional strength.
I like wrist straps when lifting heavy (for 3 reps or less) during lower body exercises like DB split squats (click video link above to watch video demonstration of this exercise). However, try not to use wrist straps for upper body movements since it will weaken the grip muscles.
I prefer bent-leg deadlifts (click video link above to watch video demonstration of this exercise). I find they give you a better range of motion, especially when you perform them on low platform. I also like to use a wider grip which makes it way harder to hold the weight. This is a case when wrist straps could be used.
I don’t like the smith machine because it locks you in in a fixed movement. This can stress the spin since it does not allow the body to move up and down naturally.
Add in more unilateral work. For instance, when training chest, only use one dumbbell when doing a chest press (click video link above to watch video demonstration of this exercise). Also train the non-dominant side first but be sure to lift the same weight and the same number of sets.
Here’s a tip, try leaving a small space between the plates and collars so the weight can spin (click video link above to watch video demonstration). This can decrease the stress on the tendons.
Use the pendulum method. This simply means don’t go for maximal stretch on first rep. Build up to it. So if you’re doing side to side leg swings (click video link above to watch video demonstration), start with a low level to the ankles, then at the mid-shin, then mid-knee cap, and so on until you get high as possible.
I once heard Charles Poliquin say that stretching is the yin to the yang of strength training. So yes, i like yoga. I’ve heard bikram yoga in particular can help increase growth hormone thus increasing your strength gains.
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