Happy Thirsty Thursday to everyone, hope everyone is safe and healthy out there. For those that missed this post on social media (hint hint, wink wink) this little diddy went up yesterday, but wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to lay eyes on it. I hope it helps clear things up for at least 1 or 2 of you out there.
Saying Deadlifts are bad for your back is on the same laziness level as saying squats are bad for your knees. Yes if you do either of these like an asshole, no kidding it’s going to hurt. If you do any exercise wrong you’ll likely feel pain or get hurt. (Some of you will understand the significance of Grumpy Cat here).
Deadlifts actually might be one of these best things you can do to keep your back healthy or, in some cases, get a bad back healthier.
Most that have set eyes on this page/account before are aware that the deadlift is in the hinge family, hooray hinges! Hinging movements are primarily focused on hamstrings, glutes and spinal erectors, with things like quads and your major core muscles chipping in too. I’m going to give you a SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) as to what muscles will really help keep your back nice and healthy. You nailed it, those same three! Strong glutes, hamstrings, erectors, and a good mobility routine is a damn simple way to keep your back from getting crankier than Grumpy Cat.
To that, let me just tell you about a couple of people I’ve been working with. Each have had their own back issues (stenosis and arthritis) to the point where they saw physician and did some physical therapy for it. Both of them do trap bar deadlifts and rack pulls with me. Both of them were experiencing limited to no pain in their back before we went into lockdown, and that had been the case for 9-12 month+ for each. Ok, I’m done tooting my own horn.
Now I can understand not being comfortable coaching a deadlift variation for someone with back pain if you are very green and new. It’s a scary thought and you’re trying not to hurt the person, that totally makes sense. Don’t coach something you’re not confident with when you’re at that stage…or ever. But using these types of excuses is just a lazy way of coaching.
So the next time someone says, oh no, I can’t deadlift, I have a bad back. There’s a deadlift variation for them out there, I promise. Thanks for your time everyone, feel free to comment with thoughts and feedback. Stay safe everyone!
Happy Friday to everyone! For those that are likely finishing up (or starting) their 1000 video conference this week because they've been, this should do you well. Something that requires NO equipment and will get you moving.
Do 2-3 rounds of each series, should take you less than 30 minutes and youâll feel good to go.
One thing I know for sure with this situation, Iâm going to really be forced out of my shell so be prepared for the awkwardness (Iâm getting better I swear). Thanks for tuning in everyone!
And for your next conference call, have a look at this little number that was posted this week. Follow it, or just a have a laugh, either way you're welcome.
Thanks for your time everyone! Have a good weekend!
Hey everyone, hope you're all doing well in this chaotic time. First off, let’s get this straight. This virus is something to take seriously, it’s not something to start a panic over, but ABSOLUTELY take it seriously.
Now for those that are staying home because you have to or because you are being cautious, but maybe you still wanna move a bit while staying inside the 4 walls of your home. I’ve got something for you today.
Here you are! Pick 4, each from a different category and combine with the given warm up, or your own, and off you go. Do 2-4 rounds, whatever you’re feeling, rest as needed, and bam you’re done.
Remember you can still go to the gym if you’re comfortable with it. I know we at Core are going a bit overkill to try to keep things super hygienic and make sure those that want to come pick up some heavy things, can do so. Many gyms are taking same or similar approaches. Just don’t be a hero, if you’re sick, stay home until you know what’s going on.
Have a good weekend everyone and take care!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS