Incline Bench Sit-Ups

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Sitting on the bench with your feet under the pads and your hands behind your neck. Inhale and tilt your torso without ever exceeding 20° : Move your torso back up by slightly rounding your back to better target the effort on recuts abdominis   Exhale at…

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Calves Over Bench Sit-Ups

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Your legs are on a bench with your back to the floor and your hands behind your head : Inhale and raise your torso as high as possible to touch your knees with your head by rounding your spine. Exhale at the end of the movement. This…

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Gym Ladder Sit-Ups

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Hook you feet in the gym ladder with your thighs vertically. Your back to the floor and your hands behind your head : Inhale and raise your torso as high as possible by rounding your spine. Exhale at the end of the movement. This exercise mainly works…

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Sit-Ups

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Lying on your back with your knees bent. Your feet are on the floor and your hands are behind your head : Inhale and lift your torso rounding your back. Exhale at the end of the movement Back to the starting position but your back shouldn't touch…

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Crunch

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Lying on your back with your hands behind your head. Your thighs vertical with your knees bent : Inhale and lift your shoulders off the floor by bringing your knees closer to your head by rounding your back. Exhale at the end of the movement This exercise…

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Good Position For Abs

Action on lumbar curvature of the psoas muscle Psoas muscles have other functions than to be powerful flexors of hip. They put the lumbar spine in lordosis, which increases the arch. I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Abs exercises (especially for rectus abdominis) must work with the round back (round your spine).…

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Stretching Of Glutes

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Sitting on the floor with one leg stretched out and the other leg bent with your foot on the floor and moving from the outer side of your leg stretched. Press on the outer side of your knee bent with your opposite elbow. This exercise mainly…

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Seated Machine Hip Abductions

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Sitting on the machine : Force your legs apart as far as possible When the machine's seat is inclined, it's gluteus medius that works. When the machine's seat is slightly inclined or vertical, it's the upper part of the gluteus maximus that works. The ideal is to…

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Floor Hip Abductions

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Lie on your side with your head and shoulders on line : Raise your leg to an angle of 70 degrees (at the most off the floor, always keeping you knee extended).   Back to the starting position   This exercise works gluteus medius and gluteus maximus,…

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Standing Machine Hip Abduction

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Standing on the machine on one leg. The outer side of the other leg is gluted to the pad below the knee joint (close to your ankle) : Raise the leg as high as possible and slowly return to the starting position by controlling the movement. Attention…

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Individual Variations In Hip Mobility

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Without taking into account the individual differences in muscle elasticity and ligament laxity, it's bone shape of the hip joint that determines the main variation in hip mobility. It's mainly in the amplitude of hip abduction that bone configuration plays an important role. Examples An almost…

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Cable Hip Abductions

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Standing on one leg. Your other leg attached a low pulley to your ankle and your opposite hand placed on the machine to stabilize your body : Raise your leg as high as possible This exercise works mainly gluteus medius and gluteus minimus placed in more depth.…

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