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!
4 years (and about a week) was the first time I ever coached a session as an independent/self employed coach. Oh my, where has the time gone? In that time I have met so many wonderful people, friends even, and done some very awesome things (including coaching the high school rugby team I love). I’d name everyone that’s helped, but I’m 100% sure I’d miss someone, but hopefully everyone knows who they are.
I do want to give recognition to one person. I would not be around this long without the help of my friend, colleague and mentor Tony Gentilcore. There are many people that can be mentioned here, but he certainly deserves special mention. Without him, his help and his generosity, I would not have made this far, plain and simple. Even after all that, the guy is still generous with his time when I need to pick his brain, which I do my best not abuse this chance. I can not thank him (and everyone else again) enough for their help getting me to this point and I only see good things going forward as the group at Core, transition to the new space.
Thank you all for 4 year and looking forward to many more!
Happy Friday all! Who's excited for baseball season? Anyone? Well, if you're a Red Sox fan like myself, I can't blame you for not being super amped. Well in either case, I've got some entertainment for you to slide into that weekend with, hope you enjoy.
Today in the fitness industry, you get a little further by making a stand against certain things and being a little polarizing. There does come a point where people take that too far and just start talking stupid. I get it, when things are new, it’s scary, but if those things stuck around in similar circles to your own, there might be something to it. Don’t bash it because you don’t understand or you feel irrelevant because of it.
Case and point, most of us have noticed that more and more people are using the trap bar. If you’re one of these idiots that thinks it makes you weak or less of a lifter, coach or, god help you, a person, please delete all of your social media before you spit more of that trash into folks ears and eyes. The days of these extreme “hardcore” views being cool are numbered.
I don’t care if it’s not allowed on the platform, 75% of trainees do not give a damn to ever get on the platform. There’s NOTHING wrong with either. They just want to be strong and be healthy.
Here’s the real life facts, some people are just simply not put together to handle a straight bar deadlift, off of the floor. Have you ever tried having a big basketball center or rugby second row try to pull a straight bar off the floor? I’m guessing it didn’t go very well. A trap bar, or even an elevated trap bar is likely the best solution for these types of people to train their hinge pattern. Let’s do a little check list;
➖Are the hips above the knees? Yes
➖Are the shoulders above the hips? Yes
➖Is the spine in neutral position (lumbar especially)? Yes
➖Are we targeting glutes and hammies with a bit of quad involvement? Yes
It’s a deadlift and it’ll be effective. END
By the ridiculous standards that these fools are setting, a Safety Squat Bar squat isn’t a real squat, yet many of them don’t seem to have a problem involving it in their trainings.
Many folks, more experienced and smarter than I, seem to agree that the trap bar. Chris Duffin, he’s a pretty damn smart guy. He made it a point to make a new and better version of a trap bar. Suffice to say, as smart as he is, if he didn’t think the trap bar was a viable option for deadlifts, he probably wouldn’t have put time and effort to make a trap bar of his own.
There’s also a great post that Greg Knuckols put out in February of 2017, again really smart person, that extensively covered just how good the trap bar is, go read it. Yeah, like now.
So next time you hear someone shitting on the trap bar, kick 🦵 them in the shin…or at least tell them they are 100% wrong.
Thanks for your time and have a good weekend everyone!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS