Incline Leg Raises

incline leg raises

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Lying on the incline bench with your hands gripping the handles :

  • Raise your legs up to the horizontal

  • Raise your pelvis by rounding your spine to try to touch your head with your knees

This exercise works your muscles in 2 phases :

  1. When you raise your legs, it’s iliopsoas, rectus femoris and tensor fasciae latae that work.

  2. When you round your back, it’s your abs, mainly the part under your navel of the rectus abdominis that work.

incline leg raises pelvic movement

Note

This exercise is great for people who have difficulty to feel the work on abs. As this movement is difficult, it’s advisable for beginners to adjust the bench with a low inclination.

incline leg raises

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Incline Bench Sit-Ups

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 the end of the movement.

This exercise work the entire rectus abdominis muscles and iliopsoas, rectus femoris and tensor fasciae latae (these last 3 muscles help pelvis anteversion). This movement is to do with high sets.

Variant

incline bench sit ups

When you back up, you can do a rotation of your torso to transfer a part of the effort to the obliques.

Example

A rotation to the left work more intensely right abdominal external oblique, left abdominal internal oblique and rectus abdominis on the right. Twists can be done alternately or unilaterally. The goal is to focus on the muscular sensation and it’s unnecessary to incline the bench too much.

Diagram showing the senses of action of abdomen muscle and the system of viscera’s compression

action abdomen muscle system viscera compression

 

  1. Rectus abdominis

  2. Abdominal external oblique

  3. Abdominal internal oblique

  4. Transverse abdominal

With quadrupeds, the entire rectus abdominis muscles passively support the viscera (like a hammock ) and help a little in locomotion.

With human being in bipedal mode, the entire rectus abdominis muscles have hugely strengthened so that the torso and pelvis is upright and prevent the pelvis from tipping excessively during walking or running. They became powerful muscles of contention and they built a strong core to maintain viscera in an active way.

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How To Do Box Squat

box squat

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Box squat is often used by powerlifters to gain strength to do squat.

This exercise involves doing a squat sitting on a bench for 1-2 seconds and returning to the standing position .

In classic squat the tension accumulated in the muscles during the negative phase when you get down (as a stretched elastic ) and this tension restored during the positive phase when you get up. With box squat, sitting on the bench relaxed thighs muscle, there is not tension accumulated when you get down to be used when you get up.

For the same weight, quadriceps should provide more effort for box squat than classic squat. It’s a great exercise to target work on thighs.

This exercise can be included in a training program for people who have long legs and don’t feel their quadriceps work with classic squat.

box squat

Starting squat in sitting position allows push automatisms for the classic squat which has the effect of having the positive phase to get up faster and more powerful.

Attention : It’s necessary to be careful for this exercise in controlling the movement to get down to sit gently on the bench. If get down too fast, the butt crash on the bench and this can create serious trauma due to shock and excessive compression of spinal joints.

Note: There are special benches adaptable for different morphologies with a very padded seat to limit the risk of spinal injuries and the possibility of adjusting the height. To have a good execution of the movement, it’s necessary to have your back slightly incline. If your back is too vertical at start of the bench, the exercise will be impossible to do.

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Incline Dumbbell Flys

incline dumbbell flys

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Sitting on a incline bench between 45° and 60° with dumbbells in your hands and your arms slightly stretched vertically :

  • Inhale and spread your arms to horizontal

  • Lift your arms to the vertical while exhaling

This exercise works the upper part of the pectoralis major (upper chest). This exercise is to do with lightweight to avoid injury.

This exercise and the « pull-over » are exercises to develop a good thoracic extension.

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Incline Dumbbell Press

incline dumbbell press

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Sitting on an inclined bench (no more than 60° because you don’t want to work only your deltoids) with your elbows bent. You have a dumbbell in each hand with a pronated grip.

  • Inhale and extend your arms vertically by bringing the dumbbells closer together

  • Exhale at the end of the movement.

This exercise mainly works the upper part of pectoralis major (upper chest) and a little bit anterior deltoid, seratus anterior and pectoralis minor. Seratus anterior and pectoralis minor stabilize the scapulae, allowing the arm to work with the torso. Triceps work less intensely that with barbell.

This exercise is between incline barbell press and dumbbell flys. It’s a movement which works the upper part of the pectoralis major and it also stretches the muscle because of the amplitude of the movement.

Variant

You can have a starting position with a pronated grip and when you extend your arms, you rotate so that your palms of your hands are face to face (neutral position).

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Incline Press

incline press

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Sitting on a bench inclined between 45° and 60° and takes the barbell with a pronated grip. The grip is wider than your shoulders :

  • Inhale and lower the barbell until it reaches your jugular notch (upper chest at the base of your neck).

  • Press the barbell back up to straight arms length, exhalting at the end of the movement.

This exercises works the upper pectorals, anterior deltoids, triceps and serratus anterior.

Note : Incline press doesn’t firm the women’s breasts. It’s a myth, incline press doesn’t slow down the fall of the women’s breasts. The breasts composed of fat containing mamarry glands. The whole held on a web of connective tissue and it’s placed on pectoralis major muscle.

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Stretch Of The Rotator Cuff’s Posterior Muscles

stretch of the rotator cuff posterior muscles

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Standing with a dumbbell in one hand. You bend your bust forward by holding yourself to a machine (or with a incline bench).

Release your arm and let hang the dumbbell for a minute trying to relax your shoulder.

This exercise stretches your infraspinatus, teres minor muscle, and a little bit your supraspinatus. These muscles are on the posterior side of the scapula.

In bodybuilding, these muscles often contractures and spasms. The consequences are that this can put your shoulder in a bad position and can, over time, create pathologies of wear and tear tendon.

Note : Contratures of spasms of the teres minor muscles and infraspinatus creates an external rotation of the humerus. Which causes an excessive friction of the tendon of the long head of the biceps (in intertubercular furrow of humerus) in the forearm. The consequences are inflammation followed by a rutpture of wear of the tendon.

It’s for this reason that as soon as you have a suspicious contracture, do this stretch to try to relax your muscles.

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