In this issue, Mike O’Hara, PT gives ten reasons to love lunges. Video of lunge exercises/progressions are included. In Going Grizzly, Mike presents the exercise combination of Crawls and Sandbag Carries; a combination that helps you train more efficiently and move better. Watch the video for instruction on these exercises.
Nothing slows down your progress toward greater fitness and better performance than an injury. Bad combinations of exercises during a training session can set you up for a big crash. Poor exercise programming produces the joint overload or connective tissue stress that produces pain. Lumbar flexion activities combined with an exercise that compresses the lumbar spine is one of the more common killer combinations.
Here are some examples of lumbar flexion activities combined with exercise that increase lumbar intervertebral pressure. I am seeing these killer combos more frequently during my visits to the gym.
-Ten GHD sit ups followed by fifteen American Swings.
-Twenty medicine ball rotational crunches followed by a sixty yard farmers carry.
-Rowing machine for 500 meters followed by barbell on back walking lunges.
-Five toes to bar and then five barbell cleans.
-Five minutes of super slumped power texting followed by three heavy deadlifts.