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Squatting Properly:

 

The Fallacy of the Hip Hinge and the Function of the Patella

We’ve been squatting – perfectly at that – since we were babies, yet somewhere along the way in our weight lifting education we were taught not to let our toes go over our knees, and, as a result, we have lost the art of the perfect squat.  At risk isn’t just the “perfect squat,” at risk is the integrity and health of our spine and back.

If you go to any gym and observe people squatting you will observe, for the most part, a significant forward lean of the torso as one attempts to maintain one's center of gravity within their base of support. This occurs because it is widely taught that one's knees should not bend past the toes when squatting.

The claim to this myth is from a Duke University study from 1978 that revealed a reduction in shearing potential of the knee occurred when the knee did not go past the toes in the squatting movement.  By keeping the lower leg as vertical as possible, researchers believed such a movement was preserving the integrity of the knee. This theory – the idea that allowing the knees to move past the toes causes undue stress upon the patella and the ligaments of the knee – has been wildly maintained and still taught in many personal training certification courses.  It continues being demonstrated in gyms across the country.

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Get faster, by training faster. 

Nerve conduction speed is an important part of muscle performance.  The proper implementation of nerve conduction speed training can significantly improve overall athletic development. To optimize nerve conduction in your programming, you must first fully understand the physics behind what it is.

 

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We all know we need to train “functionally.”  It’s been a trend in the fitness industry for the past decade and to be quite honest, “functional training” is a sexy word to throw around.  The thing is, everyone talks about “functional training,” but ask a group of personal trainers why functional training is important and a large majority of them will not be able to give you a proper answer.

Let’s break down the actual importance of functional training so that you can be among the elite who know why we need to train functionally and how to better use it in our programming.  It all starts with gravity...

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Closed kinetic chain (CKC) training is the essence and foundation of functional training.   By establishing yourself as a CKC expert, the success of your business will dramatically increase.  There are five ways in particular that CKC training can transform your business and reputation. In this post we are going to dig into each of the ways CKC training can elevate your business.  But, before we address how CKC movements will transform your business, let’s first establish a baseline definition for CKC exercise:

Closed kinetic chain (CKC) exercise takes place with either the upper or lower extremity fixed on an immovable object. The associated muscles contract in an effort to move this object, unable to move the object, the muscular contraction causes motion in the opposite direction moving the bodies’ center of mass instead. This is how our lower extremities function when we move around our environment and this type of contraction is needed in the upper extremity exercise to decrease stress on the shoulder joint.

Now that you understand exactly what CKC exercise is, it is time to understand how crucial it is to the success of your business and the longevity of your career and reputation.  Let’s dive into the benefits of being a CKC expert…

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Why Are Shoulder Issues So Prevalent?

 

As fitness professionals we are always on the look out for ways to improve one thing and one thing primarily: that is, results.  In this business, if you don’t get results, you don’t have a business.   In this post, you will learn why shoulder issues are so prevalent, why you should care about the upper extremity mismatch and how this information will improve the results of your training sessions. Ultimately, a better understanding of the shoulder girdle, along with an understanding of the upper extremity mismatch, will enable you to more safely and effectively train the upper body without risk of shoulder injury.

Let’s start at the beginning, with an understanding of what exactly is meant by the “upper extremity mismatch”, which can be directly linked to the reason why so many people suffer with shoulder and rotator cuff issues:

 

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Lower Extremity Mismatch is an important concept to understand for anyone wanting to improve their fitness programming, whether it is for themselves or for clients / patients.  

During the process of bipedal evolution the structure of the human pelvis changed. The hips positioned themselves more in a frontal plane allowing for more lateral motion. (Lovejoy, 2009:326) This allowed for the stabilization needed for the single leg motions that make up the human gait pattern. The problem is that this mechanism was designed during a time when we were much smaller beings. As an aging and overweight population we are stressing this structure which leads to joint disease.


 

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