Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Single limb strength in conditioning exercises may seem like they are isolating one body part at at time, but this is far from the truth.
When we work one limb at a time – such as in the box step up or single arm kettle bell row, like we have programmed today – we are also placing functional stress on the core, strengthening it as well.
The core’s primary anatomical function is to stabilize the spine as we move the body through space or manipulate load. When we intentionally throw the body off balance with single limb work, we ask the core to work double-time to keep our bodies in a solid position.
According to Andrew Read, Master RKC and contributor to BreakingMuscle.com, “the role of functional training should be to get the body to work better when we ask it to perform.”
Single limb work is one of the most functional exercises we can perform, as it trains the body to move and stabilize itself in a way that it is naturally designed to do.
Single Leg & Arm Exercises
Pistol Roll Downs
SINGLE LEG & ARM STRENGTH TRAINING