SLAP Tears

What's up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE. With my training, I'm interested in biomechanics to avoid injuries. I read « Sport Medicine Media Guide » and I learned some good stuff. SLAP is an acronym for superior labrum anterior to posterior. The labrum is a rim of tissue that adds depth to the bony socket of the shoulder. The superior or « top »…

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

What's up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE. With my training, I'm interested in biomechanics to avoid injuries. I read « Sport Medicine Media Guide » and I learned some good stuff. Knee is the largest and most complex joint of the body. There are 4 primary ligaments (with their muscles and tendons) and secondary ligaments for the knee to function properly. Here…

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Broomstick Twists

What's up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE ! I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Standing with your legs apart and the stick placed on your trapezius above your posterior deltoids. Your hands are on the stick but don't press on it : Make a torso rotation on one side then the other, keeping your…

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Calf Stretching

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Standing with your hands on your hips. One leg forward with your knees stretched and your feet in the knee axis : Flex the knee of the front leg while advancing your pelvis. Be careful to keep your back leg straight and keep your heels on the…

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Standing Calf Raises

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Stand with the front of your feet on a step. Put your hand on a wall or a support to have more stability : Slowly flex your feet to stretch your calves. Extend your feet with your knees extended or slightly bent. It's a movement to be…

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Good Morning

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Standing with your feet slightly apart. The barbell put on your trapezius or lower on your posterior deltoids : Inhale and bend you torso forward to the horizontal with your back straight, the axis of flexion passing through coxofemoral joint. Back to the start position and exhale.…

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Spinal Disc Herniation

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. First we can say : « disc herniation » or « herniated disc » but I prefer use « disc herniation » in my article. Disc herniation is a common pathology in bodybuilding. This often occurs because of poor back placement during exercises such as squat, deadlift and rows (barbell bent row, seated…

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Adapt Your Training To Your Morphology (Part 2)

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. If you didn't read Part 1, click here. Legs Improve your squat position To reduce the lower back's effort and limit the hamstrings tension, it's possible to do like powerlifters by putting the barbell on posterior deltoids. This technique decreases the cantilever and increases the power…

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How To Do Squat

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Squat is the #1 exercise for bodybuilding because it works a lot of the muscular system and is great for the cardiovascular system. Squat allows to have a good thoracic expansion and a good respiratory capacity. Standing in front of the barbell resting on the support.…

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Stretching Of Trapezius And Neck

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. A hand on your head, you pull slowly to tilt your head to the side. This exercise stretches the sternocleidomastoid, all (anterior, middle and posterior) scalenes muscles, the upper part of the trapezius, splenius capitis , splenius cervicis , semispinalis and small spine muscles like longus…

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Squat Correctly (Part 2)

I read a Nerd Fitness article  and I learned good stuff. Click here to read the Part 1  Barbell Squat I know 3 types of squat and this is the best known : the high bar back (also named « Olympic Squat » or « Oly Squat »), the low bar back squat and the front squat. Maybe there are others but I’ll talk about…

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Should You Arch Your Back ?

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff. Audio file: For people who don’t have vertebral pathology, arching their back during an exercise isn't a problem. Arching a little bit the back for exercises such deadlift or squat is necessary because the spine is rounded so arching a little bit the back helps avoid…

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