Thanks again to everyone who watched and took part in the discussion Gymchat 199 - Stretching & Warming Up (with Conor Doherty) - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video. Look forward to hearing your comments.
If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video. Look forward to hearing your comments.
If you'd like to join us for the hangout and ask a question or two, the details are below. And if it's your first time, welcome aboard. They're a lot of fun.
Is it something you feel you should be doing, but aren't exactly sure what it's all about?
Here's the perfect opportunity to find out what's what. Join John and I for Gymchat 175 - Stretching. Fantastic.
How do you get started? Before or after your workout? Is it really worth the effort?
This week we're going to discuss the various ways to get your stretch on, when to do it and the benefits of doing so. Helping us explore this fascinating topic is none other than Great Weight Lifting's John Cammidge.
Join John and I for Gymchat 175 - Stretching. Fantastic.
I recently visited the chiropractor's office because I had lower back pain, which I thought was brought on from sitting in my office chair 8 hours a day. Well, after the chiropractor analysed what was wrong she noticed my hips were slightly misaligned, she said it could be due to a tight muscle, which was probably in my legs, boy was she right!
She said the most common area for tightness is the hamstrings, so she started stretching and massaging mine. She started with the left hamstring, which was fine, then moved to the right, at that point I almost jumped from the mat. It was so painful and she informed me it was very tight, when she asked do you stretch I said yes, of course.
What I didn't realise is that I don't stretch enough, so I decided to create this post to help others understand the importance of stretching.
I've been a fan of the Good Morning for almost as long as I've been lifting weights - great exercise. Here are a few basic progressions, as well as some stretches that work extremely well with these.
Incidentally, the band stretches he demonstrates are fantastic. Give them a shot.
Love the description :
To stretch the right levator scapulae, put your right hand behind your back as if you're getting handcuffed, then look down toward your left foot while pulling your head in that same direction with the left hand. You'll feel a stretch along the right side of the back of your neck.
And yes, it works.
If you've ever read Stretching Scientifically (a great book) you'll know just how thorough Kurz can be.
1. The ratio between seated dumbbell overhead presses and the bench press
It should be that the weight done for 8 reps on each dumbbell represents 29% of the close-grip bench press measure. In other words, a man able to close-grip bench about 220 pounds for a single would use a pair of 65's for 8 reps in the seated dumbbell overhead presses.
2. The ratio between the behind-the-neck press and the bench press
The weight for a 1 RM behind-the-neck press from a seated position should represent 66% of the weight used for a 1 RM in the close-grip bench press. That load is lifted from a dead-stop position with the bar resting on the traps, not from a weight handed off in the lock-out position.
Time for a quick test.