The Secret Fitness Weapon of Forearms and Protection Against Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

If your forearms are stronger, then all of your lifts will be stronger. Remember, the stronger you are, the more weight lifted, the more calories burned, the more fat burning hormones are stimulated. There are many simple ways to implement a little extra emphasis on your grip strength, one of which could just be wrapping a towel around the weight and gripping the towel. Developing your grip strength will also protect your wrists during your presses, as you will have the strength to keep your wrist straight and not hyperextended. When the wrist is hyperextended, or collapsed back, this is detrimental to your power and damages the ligaments to your wrist, which in turn can lead to carpel tunnel syndrome (Tsatsouline, 2000). Along with wrist health, strengthening the ligaments and tendons through the entire hand and fingers is a preventative measure against dislocations in the joints. For some ideas on forearm exercises visit www.powerelevation.com and go to the “forearms” exercise demonstrations.

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Get the Most Out of Your Repetitions and Your Time

To get the most out of your time at the gym and make sure that your repetitions are effective, consider the following advice. If you are in good health, this is a great breathing technique that has long been used in martial arts and was labeled “Breath Strength” by Bruce Lee (Tsatsouline, 2004). Fill the stomach with a lot of air before starting the repetition and then hold that air in the stomach through at least ½ to ¾ of the concentric contraction (when the muscle is being shortened, such as the way up on a squat or the way down on a lat pull-down). This will keep the core tight for higher performance; keeping this region of the body contracted keeps the low back safe from injury. Continue reading “Get the Most Out of Your Repetitions and Your Time”

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Look Like An Athlete, Train Like An Athlete

My fitness philosophy is best summed up with the following statement: If you want to look like an athlete, then train like an athlete. I take philosophies used by the top athletes in the world and put them into a systematic approach that is transferable to the general population and is delivered from our sports performance philosophy to train for power. I have enjoyed great success with people of all ages from teenagers to those in their 70s. My goal is for the general population to be able to stimulate the same hormones, develop the same stability and balance, build as much bone density, achieve as much coordination, and maintain as low a body fat percentage as the world’s top athletes. You will find that these exercises are much more applicable to your daily life than many of the other “fitness” programs out there. Continue reading “Look Like An Athlete, Train Like An Athlete”

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