THE SECRET WEAPON TO A REALLY STRONG CORE

THE SECRET WEAPON TO A REALLY STRONG CORE

We’ve all heard the phrase, “pick things up and put them down,” but what if we said….” walk with them first?”

We are talking weighted carries.

Why should we perform weighted carries?

To put it simply, they help you build and maintain that bulletproof body.

They give us the opportunity to meet a variety of situations that transcend into everyday life and they also work nearly every muscle in our bodies!

Carrying weighted objects helps to strengthen your core, upper back, and grip, develop shoulder and hip stability, and aids in fat loss too.

Why should this matter to you?

You carry things every day.

You will carry things all throughout your life.

A baby, groceries, a laundry basket, or your air conditioner into the window as a hot summer is approaching.

Adding weighted carries into your training makes life tasks easier, allows you to do more and keeps you functioning properly.

How do we perform these?

They can be held in an overhead position (this also gives you the benefit of shoulder stability!)

Front rack position (this also gives you the benefit of strengthening your upper back!)

Or by your sides in a farmer carry.

How far do I go? 

We suggest a heavier weight for a shorter distances

and more of moderate weight for a longer distance.

Yeah but I won’t get a stronger core from that, right?

WRONG.

Our core often referred to as the ‘midline,’ is the bridge that connects our upper body to our lower body. The BRIDGE.

As you carry anything, the core has to work to stabilize the midsection and not compromise, thus keeping you safe. 

Carries build the strongest cores. 

Want a better deadlift?

Carry.

Want to get a heavier back squat?

Carry.

Want to look better naked?

Carry.

We’ve been adding weighted carries into our programming more and more.

Why?

To strengthen your core, build that bulletproof body, and decrease your risk of injury and any setbacks in the gym or in life! 

And ultimately, giving you a stronger, healthier body!

Coach Clint

3 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR SNATCH

3 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR SNATCH

If you want to get better at the snatch you have to practice it – plain and simple. While we can definitely give you some nifty tips that will help you better understand the movement, there is nothing that will replace performing technically sound reps over and over again.

PERFORM SNATCH PULLS

Sometimes we can easily add a little bit of weight to our snatch just by becoming more confident with the movement. Snatch pulls are a great exercise to work with weights heavier than your 1RM as well as to see where you need work during your pull.

SWEEP THE BAR BACK INTO YOU

If we’re chasing the bar out in front of us it could be because we’re not sweeping the bar back into us. Once the first pull is over and we’ve passed the knee we need to actively engage our lats to sweep the bar back into our thighs and keep the weight close.

BE AGGRESSIVE WITH THE ELBOWS

Having a slow turnover of the barbell could be happening for a few different reasons. For most people, it’s because they either have weak backs and shoulders or they’re not aggressive enough with their elbows. Snatch high-pulls are a great exercise to make sure that we’re being aggressive with our elbows and driving them high and to the outside once the bar has left our hips. From there we can begin to workout on the muscle snatch to make sure we’re getting a hard turnover of the bar.

If you want to speed up your progress. Schedule a  30 to 60 min PT session with one of our coaches.

#chasinghappiness

Coach Clint