The squat is one of the most fundamental movements a human needs to be able to perform both in life and in sports. In life we use the squat to sit down and stand up from chairs or going down to the floor to reach for objects. In sport we use squat movements when preparing to jump and land, as well as when getting into an athletic position. The squat is also used in the strength training realm as it has tremendous carry over to all other aspects of sport.
The days are longer and the weather is finally nicer, which means more people will be out running. Thinking about running that neighborhood 5k or half marathon this summer? When deciding between which training program to follow, make sure you don’t forget to incorporate strength training. Strength training is believed to help with injury prevention in runners.
Is age really just a number? Can you still get stronger even as you get older? There are common misconceptions surrounding senior populations and exercise or strength training. Let’s debunk some of these misunderstandings.
As mentioned in Stronger than Yesterday: Progressing a Pull-Up, our modern society spends much of the day sitting. This behavior can effectively change the natural posture of the body, leading to weaker and tighter muscles. Adding simple strength training moves into your exercise routine can be a wonderful way to reinforce good posture and reduce chronic pain or injury.
Whether it be a desk, a car or a couch, the average American has plenty of opportunity to sit throughout the day.
Improved daily function is one of the main benefits of exercise. Becoming stronger by participating is strength training is an example of the body working to reach a higher level of ability. Strength goes beyond the gym, seeping into everyday life. Becoming stronger also helps you to become more capable to do the things you love to do!