Overhead Mobility Guide for Handstands, Overhead Press and More!

If you are a fitness enthusiast, especially if you are into handstands, overhead press, olympic lifting, or anything involving putting your arms over your head, you’re probably well acquainted with the importance of having proper overhead mobility. By this I mean the ability to get your arms over your head without flaring your ribs out and arching your lower back. If you’ve already done some research into improving overhead mobility, you’ll know that stretching stuff like your lats and pecs is gonna be pretty important to loosen up in that range and get your arms further overhead. However, this is...

Hip Hinge Tutorial: How to Pick Stuff Up Without Causing Lower Back Pain

Learning how to properly hinge is, in my opinion one of the most important movement patterns that EVERYONE should know how to do. I don’t care if you work out or not. If you learn how to hinge at the hips, your lower back (And frankly the rest of your body) will thank you. If, when you bend over to pick up anything (e.g. laundry, a ball, your shoes, anything) you look more like the picture on the right with that big curve in your spine and very little hip movement, you are moving very inefficiently and in a way...

Dead Bug Tutorial: Improve your Core Stability

My¬†Favourite Exercise for Beginners Dead Bugs are in my opinion one of the most¬†important core exercise for a beginner to learn. However as an exercise it is often poorly performed, in such a way that almost all of the benefits of it over any other ‘ab’ exercise out there are lost. The dead bug is important because it: Teaches complete core contraction, which will in turn teach you how to properly brace (incredibly important for weightlifting and calisthenics) Provides an opportunity to learn how to breathe from the diaphragm, and also do so while braced Strengthens all of the different...

Anatomy for Average Joes #2: Other Reference Terms

This article will expand on the arsenal of reference terms you learned in the first ‘Anatomy for Average Joes’ article, a series I’m doing to help the every-man get his teeth sunk into understanding anatomy and by extension, fitness as a whole. If you haven’t read the first post, it’s very important that you read it before reading this one. Check it out here, and check this out for the main page for this series Distal/Proximal: Distal and Proximal are terms used in anatomy to describe how far or close something is from the trunk (torso). A good way to...

Anatomy for Average Joes #1: Anatomical Position and Reference Terms

This article will explain the first anatomical concepts you should know to understand ‘Anatomy for Average Joes’, a series I’m doing to help the every-man get his teeth sunk into understanding anatomy, and by extension, fitness as a whole. Check out the main page for the series here for more articles of this nature. Anatomical Position: The Anatomical Position is standing upright, your face pointing forward, your toes facing forward, with your arms at your side and your palms facing forward, like so; This is the basic position we will be using when discussing anatomy from here on out, and...