The Rotary Glute Bridge for Rotary Stability

 

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Strength in Conditioning for Friday, July 17, 2015

The glute bridge is a fundamental movement for training hip extension. The glute bridge with posterior pelvic tilt (pelvic lift) is often used in physical therapy and chiropractic clinics to treat low back pain.

The glute bridge is a great pre-workout exercise that teaches the glute max to function as the primary hip extensor.  Athletes with low back pain often recruit the low back and hamstrings instead of the glutes during deadlifts.  The glute bridge also stretches the hip flexors.

The Rotary Glute Bridge

The rotary glute bridge is an exercise that Eric Cressey posted in the video shown below (I have renamed the exercise).  The exercise builds on the traditional glute bridge using the outstretched leg to challenge the abdominal obliques to prevent rotation of the low back.

Anti-movements like the front plank and side plank train the core to resist movement.  The front plank trains anterior core stability, the side plank trains lateral stability, and the rotary glute bridge trains rotary stability.

Avoiding Lumbar Rotation

One of the biggest sources of low back pain is excessive rotation of the lumbar spine.  Runners need to prevent rotation during forward movement and golfers need to rotate through the thoracic spine while stabilizing the low back (preventing rotation).

When the hips or thoracic spine lose mobility – excessive movement occurs at the low back.  While the thoracic spine and hips are built for mobility, the low back needs stability.

It is important to both train rotary stability at the low back and avoid excessive lumbar rotation during low back stretches.

Strength coach Mike Boyle notes, “The biggest mistake we have made in training over the last 10 years is an active attempt to increase the static and active range of motion of an area that requires stability. Most, if not all, of the many rotary exercises done for the lumbar spine were misdirected.”

Physical therapist Shirley Sahrmann in Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes, explains that, “Attempting to increase lumbar spine range of motion is not recommended and is potentially dangerous. Our lack of understanding of thoracic mobility caused us to try to gain lumbar rotary ROM, and this was a huge mistake.”

- Kevin Kula, “The Flexibility Coach” – Creator of FlexibilityRx™ – www.FlexibilityRx.com

Related Resources

Dynamic Chiropractic: Stop Stretching – or at Least Stop Stretching the Lower Back Into Flexion and Rotation
Eric Cressey: Supine Leg Whip for Hip Mobility and Core Stability

 

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WARMUP
10 Minutes of Jump Rope
EMOM Add Burpee Each Minute
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SKILL
10 Minute EMOM
3-6 Atlas Stone Lifts
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CONDITIONING
100 Push Ups
75 Air Squats
50 Sit Ups
25 Burpees
900 Meter Run or 1k Row
LIFE: 2 Rounds | 25 Reps of Each
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Food as Fuel is Tonight!

Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, July 16, 2015

Got questions about what your nutritional game plan should be? Confused about what exactly the paleo diet is? Wondering what some strategies are to get your family on board with clean eating along with you?

We will tackle all of these questions and more at tonight’s Food as Fuel nutrition seminar at SICFIT Scottsdale. In this dynamic and interactive information session, not only will you learn the ins and outs of paleo nutrition and how to make it work for you and your family, but you will leave with a renewed sense of motivation and commitment  to keep it clean in the kitchen!

This one hour class, beginning at 7pm, is free for our members and their friends and family. The more people surrounding you who treat their food as fuel, the more successful you will be at sticking to your nutritional guns. Bring your inner circle to this seminar and that circle is going to get clean, lean, and mean in the gym!

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WARMUP
Partner 2K Row
Alternate Every 200 Meters
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SKILL
Turkish Get Up
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STRENGTH
4×8 Goblet Squats
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CONDITIONING
3 Rounds
500 Meter Row
21 Kettle Bell Swings
12 Pull Ups
LIFE: Ring Rows + Russian Swings
FITNESS: Jumping Pull Ups + Russian Swing 55/35
SPORT: Kip + American Swing 55/35
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STRETCH
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The New Your Starts With Your First Week… And It’s Free!

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Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We are in the business of changing lives here at SICFIT. We’ve helped people lose weight so they feel more confident and more energized. Others we have coached through rehabbing old injuries that they thought would keep them out of the game for good. And we have seen countless members undo the effects of their previously unhealthy lifestyles.

Changing lives isn’t only our business, it is our passion. And we happen to be really good at it! But we don’t want to just tell you how good we are, we want to show you! This summer, SICFIT Scottsdale and SICFIT Chandler invite you to join one of our locations for one week of free training!

If you’re ready to change your life, take full advantage of this offer! We’re not promising miracles in a week, but what we are offering is the opportunity for you catch a glimpse of the YOU that you can be. Refer to the flier below for our phone number and call us today to schedule your free introductory session at either location.

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WARMUP
Coaches Choice
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STRENGTH
6 Rounds *Slow
8-10 Single Arm Dumbbell Row
8-10 Stiff Leg Dumbbell Deadlift
10 Strict Sit Ups
2 Minute Rest
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REST
3 Minutes
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CONDITIONING A
6 Rounds
5 Strict Pull Ups
30 Seconds of Lunges
60 Seconds of Single or Double Unders
1 Minute Rest
LIFE: Ring Row + Positioned Lunge
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CONDITIONING B
5 Minute EMOM
1st Minute: 6 Burpees (Or Sub = 5)
2nd Minute: 7 Burpees  (Or Sub = 5)
3rd Minute: 8 Burpees (Or Sub = 5)
4th Minute: 9 Burpees (Or Sub = 5)
5th Minute: 10 Burpees (Or Sub = 5)
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Mike Billera has earned SICFIT Scottsdale’s Athlete of the Month Honor’s

 

Congratulations Mike Billera on earning SICFIT Scottsdale’s Athlete of the Month Honor’s. 

You are the most consistent minor we have had in our program to date.
You Show up and never quit,
you always have a smile on your face and most
importantly you are extremely respectful and polite.
Thank you for your hard word and dedication
to your own personal health and fitness.

 

Optimize Your Fuel. Optimize Your Life!

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Strength in Conditioning for Tuesday, July 14, 2015

If there is one thing that we are more passionate about than Strength in Conditioning at SICFIT Scottsdale it would definitely be nutrition! After all, the work we do in the kitchen forms the foundation of the work we do at the gym. It’s step one to any thoughtful and comprehensive fitness plan.

But at SICFIT Scottsdale, we do much more than tell you to watch what you eat and hope for the best. Nope! We set you up for success, arming you with all the information, advice, tips, and tricks you need to knock your nutrition out of the park!

Join us this Thursday night at 7pm for our Food as Fuel seminar. In this free class, we will discuss the ins and outs of our preferred nutrition plan, which is a “practically paleo” diet. “Practically” meaning, yes – there is a bit of wiggle room, and that it is practical to put in place for you and your whole family!

For those of you who can’t make it, below is a recording from one of our Food as Fuel seminars. Please send this link to anyone you know who you feel would benefit from this information. We do hope that you can make it in person however, as the video just doesn’t capture the motivation, inspiration, and commitment you feel by being a part of this seminar first hand!

WARMUP
5 Rounds
30 Second Squat Hold
30 Seconds of Air Squats
30 Seconds of Push Ups
30 Seconds of Top of Push Up Hold
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OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING
Hang Power Clean Progression
Work to Heavy Single
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CONDITIONING
3 Rounds
10 Hang Power Cleans
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Air Squats
LIFE: Barbell
FITNESS: 50%
SPORT: 80%
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COOL DOWN
Stretch
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Final Lil’ Beast Summer Camp Session This Week!

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Strength in Conditioning for Monday, July 13

It’s not to late to enroll your Lil’ Beast in SICFIT Scottsdale’s kids FITness and nutrition summer camp! This is our final week long session of the summer. Sign your kiddo up for the whole week or have them drop in for just a session or two!

While participating in our camp, your child will be playing, learning, and growing in an environment that makes exercise and healthy eating fun, exciting… and dare we say… COOL! This culture helps to instill the values of a healthy and positive lifestyle in our children’s hearts and minds, where the lessons they learn will last a lifetime!

Camp is in session this week everyday from 9am-12pm. Register your Lil’ Beast here or bring them by the gym any morning this week and we’ll get them squared away!

 

WARMUP 
PVC + Shoulder Mobility
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STRENGTH
Build to a Heavy 5 Rep Seated Strict Press
Then,
4 Rounds
5 Dumbbell Bench Press
50 Mountain Climbers
6 Touch-n-Go Shuffle Runs
2 Minute Rest
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TEAM CONDITIONING
200 Russian Kettle Bell Swings
Alternate as Needed
Partner B Holds Slam Ball Over Head
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Post Workout Protein Pointers From Coach Najla

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Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, July 11, 2015

Muscles need protein for recovery and growth, and the best time to deliver protein is right after a Strength In Conditioning session. Fueling muscles immediately after intense exercise stimulates both repair and growth.

However, the type, amount and timing for consumption of protein depends on whether your goal is fat loss, performance improvements or muscle gain.

Quantity needed is also greatly impacted by your size and the type of workout you perform. Your best bet? Consult with a nutritionist or personal trainer to discuss your situation and goals.

In the meantime, remember muscles don’t care if your protein comes from a hard-boiled egg, glass of chocolate milk or a protein shake as long as the source is “clean” and the protein “complete”.

Best Protein Options

  • Hormone free whey (dairy) protein isolate
  • Egg protein
  • Leaner cuts of meat (chicken, turkey, deer, beef)
  • Protein shake

Najla’s Favorites

  • Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
  • Protein Packed Paleo Cookies
  • Egg Quiche Cups
  • Turkey Roll-Ups with Cucumber and Avocado

More isn’t always better. Muscles only need 20 to 30 grams of protein for amino acids (the building blocks of muscle). Anything additional is waste.

Losing Weight?

If you are you trying to loose weight, wait 45 minutes post workout to consume anything. When you do eat, it should be real food – such as a balanced zone (protein, fat, carb) type of meal.

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Snapshot of the Kayyem’s Kitchen!

WARMUP
Big, Fun, Dynamic Warmup!
8 Minutes: 100 Meter Alternating Partner Rows
Movement Prep
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WOW #13
12 Minute AMRAP
LIFE: 3 Deadlifts + 5 Burpees + 7 Lying Knees to Elbows
FITNESS: 3 Deadlifts 135/95# + 5 Burpees + 7  Leg Raises Hanging from Bar
SPORT: 3 Deadlifts BW/ 80%BW + 5 Burpees + 7 Toes to Bar
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What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?

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Strength in Conditioning for Friday, July 10, 2015

This 4th of July weekend I was at someone’s house and opened the pictured medicine cabinet.  Hoodia if you want to suppress your appetite, and anti-diarrheal pills if you eat too much.  If your head is throbbing or your ears are ringing; if you are coughing, inflamed, and or in pain – there is a remedy.  Even sleep pills if you want to “Knock Yourself Out.”

But what does that say about your perspective and approach towards health?  Are you planning to cope with an ailment or do you have healthy habits in place that extend beyond the gym or kitchen?

While you may be on point with your training and dialing in your nutrition – this week take some time to improve one other aspect of your health.  Below are some ways to improve your quality of sleep – you can find out more in this great book.

While most people fail to get 7-9 hours of sleep on a consistent basis – here are some three recommendations to optimize sleep.

Pitch Black Room at Night

The most important sleep factor is how dark your sleep area is – the room should be pitch black.  External light can be blocked with a blackout curtain whereas internal light (clocks, chargers, VCR, etc) can be blocked with black electric tape.

Avoiding Blue Light Before Bed

Sleep is governed by hormones; melatonin secretion at night prepares us for sleep, whereas cortisol levels should be low at night and high early in the morning.  Avoiding blue light that is emitted from computers and hand held devices an hour before bed supports normal hormone secretion so we can fall asleep.  If you have work to do late at night, consider using a program like F.LUX (link) that changes the color emitted from your electronic device.

Morning Sun Exposure

Sun exposure in the morning helps us maintain our circadian rhythm.  Lack of natural light exposure during the day and artificial light into the evening disturbs this rhythm.   One great tool for people that are not able to wake up to natural light is a wake up light (link).  Thirty minutes of light exposure before the alarm goes off is a much gentler way of waking up – then spend some time outdoors during lunch and watch your sleep cycle improve.

- Kevin Kula, “The Flexibility Coach” – Creator of FlexibilityRx™ – www.FlexibilityRx.com

Related Resources

Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way To Better Health
Dr. Mercola: How the Cycles of Light & Darkness Affect Your Wellbeing

Whats-In-Your-Medicine-Cabinet
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WARMUP
4 Minute Row + 3 Minute Jump Rope
2 Minute Burpee + 1 Minute Reverse Lunge
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OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING
Power Clean Progression
Then,
8 Minute EMOM
3 Deadlift + 2 Power Clean + 3 Front Squat
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CONDITIONING
1 Minute Plank from Hands
1 Minute Plank Right Side
1 Minute Plank Let Side
1 Minute Plank Forearms
1 Minute  Plank Push Up
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Muscle Up Clinic Tonight!

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Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, July 9, 2015

Is today your day to finally get on top of those rings? Even if you don’t go home with your first muscle up tonight, attending SICFIT Scottsdale’s Muscle Up Clinic will definitely get you closer!

Join us tonight at 7pm for a specialty class focused specifically on the muscle up. In tonight’s clinic you will learn the ins-and-outs of proper technique and receive lots of coaches’  feedback on exactly what you need to focus on to help you get over the rings for you first time, or to help you make your muscle ups more efficient.

This clinic will be informative, hands-on, an fun! So come hang out on the rings with us tonight! Who knows, you might go home a member of the muscle up club!

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WARMUP
1k Row or 900 Meter Run
10 Curtis P’s w/ Barbell
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STRENGTH
5 Rounds
10 Lying Knees to Elbows + 10 PVC Overhead Squats
then,
50 Pull Ups for Time | 5 Push Ups Every Break
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CONDITIONING
11 Minute AMRAP
5 Burpee + 7 Push Press + 9 Push Ups
LIFE: 1 Round Fast + Rest 1 Minute, Repeat
FIT/SPORT: 95/65
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Rowing – Total Body Training

Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When it comes to full body workouts, we kinda know our stuff here at SICFIT Scottsdale. In fact, as the original functional fitness gym in the Phoenix Valley, there aren’t very many exercises we do that don’t benefit the entire body.

But out of all the full body functional movements we do — from burpess, to snatches, to toes-to-bars — there is one that is the pinnacle of all our total-body torture methods. Er… training methods! We meant to say training methods!

For us at SICFIT, this all-in-one workout is the rowing machine. Targeting nearly every muscle group in the body, a few minutes on one of our rowers will leave your legs shaky, your arms feeling like jello, and your back and core sore and your heart rate raging!

And if you’re thinking this sounds like a bit to much to handle, thinking again! Just like all of our exercises as SICFIT Scottsdale, you control the intensity. We do encourage you to push yourself to get the most out of your workout, but we also acknowledge and respect that this looks different for each and every individual.

Another reason we love the rowing machine at SICFIT is because it can be used to help our members achieve all sort of fitness goals, whether you are trying to lose weight, strengthen and build muscle, or are an athlete in training — the rower can help you get there!

We incorporate the rowing machine into our warm ups and conditioning programming several times a week.  To see these rowers in action and to try one out for yourself, give us a call at 480-922-3253 and schedule your free intro session!

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WARMUP
Dynamic Movement
Then,
5 Minutes
30 Seconds: Sit Ups & Pelvic Thrusts
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STRENGTH in CONDITIONING
5 Rounds
10 Stiff Legged DB Deadilft (31×1)
21 Air Squat AFAP
5 Broad Jump| LIFE: Lunge in Place
2 Minute Walking Rest
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CONDITIONING
3 Rounds
250 Meter Row + 15 Kettle Bell Swings
LIFE: Russian Swings
FIT/SPORT: 55-75
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