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Al Painter is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist as well as an Corrective Exercise Specialist. He also holds a degree in Communications from Santa Clara University. His area of specialty is endurance athlete specific strength training.
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Posted On: December 17, 2014
These are great exercises, IF YOU ARE ABLE to do them safely. These are form/time under tension, or T.U.T. (“born in Arizona, moved to Babalonia, King Tut…” Steve Martin, old school SNL….anyone…..no?) exercises, so don’t try to blow through them, that’s not the point. Similar the Turkish Get Up, flow through them slowly to get the most out of them.
Just make sure you get an eval from a trusted trainer, PT, chiropractor or your physician if you’ve movement issues you need to iron out before you try these. If they give you the green light, GIDDYUP!
If you live in the Silicon Valley and would like to get an eval to make sure you are ready for a higher level of training, contact me and let’s set up a time to meet.
Posted On: December 16, 2014
How about that for a title to hook you in? If you got this far, then it worked, yay me.
December is a strength phase for my Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7am group workout. This means they are doing a max of 10-15 reps and picking up heavy things repeatedly. Along the way they are getting to do some really enjoyable things that are aimed at getting them as strong as possible feet to fingers. They might even be hitting their core along the way.
I’ve pontificated on what the core is (“The Core Explained”), what it does and why I don’t like it (“Why I Hate Core Strength”). Now you get an incredible way to work it and make it scream UNCLE! It is an incredibly simple exercise, you don’t need much room, and a pair of weights of will very much do the trick.
This is another Dan John special, and its a variation of a farmer’s walk, quite possible the ultimate core strength exercise (“The Best Exercises Ever, Part II: Farmer’s Walks”). This is the perfect loaded carry solution if you are in a small space and don’t have a lot of room to work with.
To do this, simply march in place. That’s it, and it is brutal.
It will hammer your core, grip strength and hips as you try to keep your self from toppling over when a leg goes up.
The kickstand glute gets a ton of work as the hip works to stabilize the body. Put the weights in the rack position and this becomes even more fun. You can also go with an offset load, single arm hang or rack position with the weight to challenge the lateral/diagonal core stabilizers that much more.
March your way to a stronger core
You’d think marching in place would seemingly be pretty easy. However, set a timer for 1:00-2:00 minutes to move to and you’ll quickly find out this exercise is anything but.
The reason being is because all core all the time as you body tries to stabilize the load to keep you from falling over. Not too mention what this does for your grip strength which we know is an indicator of total body strength.
If you’re looking for a great way to challenge your core, blast your heart rate through the roof and improve your grip strength, this exercise is the way to go. If you’re in the Silicon Valley and you’d like to learn more core crushers, drop me a line and we’ll set up a time to meet for new exercise fun!
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Posted On: December 16, 2014