Posts in: FlexibilityRx

The Hip Hinge From FlexibilityRx

Posted by: Kari

  Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 The hip hinge is a fundamental movement pattern that is the basis of picking an object off the floor as in a deadlift.  Many athletic movements are variations of the hip hinge: shooting a free throw in basketball, the ready stance in wresting, and the hip-flexed position [...]
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The SquatRx Guide

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  Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Visit www.FlexibilityRx.com to download a copy of the SquatRx Guide. The guide breaks the squat down into seven points of performance. If you struggle to keep your knees out, keep your torso upright, or get your hips below parallel – each point of performance is explained and contains [...]
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Overhead Squat Shoulder Triplet

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  Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, July 2, 2014 The following sequence prepares the shoulders for the overhead squat, which requires motion at the shoulder blade (scapula) and arms. A stable shoulder blade position on the ribcage requires proper retraction and posterior tilt. Retraction involves drawing the scapula in towards the spine. If you visualize [...]
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The Skater Squat From FlexibilityRX

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  Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, June 25, 2014 The skater squat is an great single leg exercise that builds single-leg stability and trains the glutes and external hip rotators for a strong ‘knees-out’ position during squats. The skater squat can be performed as a bodyweight exercise. Using dumbbells for counterweight makes the movement easier [...]
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Switching Gears: Total Body Tension & Fluid Movement

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  Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, June 19, 2014 Lifting weights to get stronger is about capacity, whereas the ability to execute fundamental movement patterns is about competency. Fundamental stability exercises like the bird-dog that teach competency, are also great for learning to use a low-threshold strategy of movement. Low-Threshold Strategy: Slow, tonic, local stabilizer, stabilizing muscle [...]
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Breathe Your Way to Better Shoulder Flexibility

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  Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, June 12, 2014 Diaphragmatic breathing is true core stabilization. Diaphragmatic breathing is different than chest breathing and often confused with belly breathing.  If you are just breathing into your belly and not expanding the sides of your ribs as the diaphragm pushes down – you are stuck in a dysfunctional [...]
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FlexibilityRx Explains the Split Squat

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  Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, June 5, 2014 Bulgarian Split Squat The “Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat” is a single-leg (supported) exercise that can be used to improve dynamic hip flexibility, single-leg stability, and knee tracking.  Great with a light to moderate weight as part of a warm-up. Suggestions: Seven reps per side (thee sets [...]
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Improving Your Warm-up with Stabilization & Activation

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  Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, May 28, 2014 The quadruped hip extension is a great pre-workout exercise that activates the glutes. While incorporating flexibility and stability exercises into your warm-up ensures that the low-back doesn’t hyper-extend during squats and deadlifts. While stretching the hip-flexors helps, tightness is often accompanied by weak glutes and abdominals.  Weak [...]
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Balanced Training for Strong Shoulders

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  Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Many athletes that struggle with pressing or pulling overhead are victims of what Shirley Sahrmann calls “Downward-Rotation Syndrome.” Full range of motion for raising your arms overhead requires sixty-degrees of upward rotation from the shoulder blade. When the upward rotators (lower traps, serratus anterior) are weak, the downward rotators become [...]
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FlexRx to a Stronger Squat

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  Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Who doesn’t want to strengthen their squat? The Exercise of the Week from FlexibilityRx is designed to do just that, and will improve your pistols to boot! “The B-Stance Squat is a challenging single leg exercise that transfers over into a stronger squat and more stable [...]
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