We’ve long since associated well-developed traps with a strong and fit physique. Together with the upper back and shoulders, the traps put the finishing touches and make the upper body look great, even with clothes on. But what happens when the traps become too dominant and take over? Well, you open yourself up to poor motor patterns, muscle imbalances, and potential injuries. But, Why Does Trap Dominance Occur? There could be many reasons, and no two cases are the same, but the most common culprit for trap dominance (or any muscle group, really) to occur is because other muscles aren’t doing their job. So, [...]
Whether you realise it or not, your feet are the foundation of strength, support, and athletic ability. For the most part, the movements you perform are initiated by your feet – from tasks as simple as walking to more complex movements like sprinting, squatting, and deadlifting. What’s even more interesting is that your feet directly impact your ability to use your glutes during exercise. A Simple Home Test You Can Do Right Now The best way to perform this drill is to stand barefoot on a smooth, non-slippery surface. Plywood works great. Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and forcefully grip your [...]
Your legs allow you to engage in various active habits such as weightlifting, swimming, running, and of course, walking. This is why it is understandable that the legs possess the largest muscle groups in your body namely: The hamstrings: the muscles at the back of the thighsThe quadriceps or the muscles in the thighsThe Gluteus Maximus, which are the buttock muscles Given that your legs help with all this activity, you might assume that you are working out your legs sufficiently on a daily basis. However, you still need to devote a couple of days in your week to a fitnessroutine [...]
If you are suffering from any kind of hip discomfort, hamstring tightness, shoulder, back, or abdominal pain, then this exercise could be the cure that you need. If you live a relatively active lifestyle and exercise regularly, then you have probably experienced some painful tweaks in your body. If you exercise with more extreme intensity you then you may have suffered from an injury that is more serious. The truth is, that with a little discipline and some knowhow, almost all injuries can be prevented. If your body is at the stage where a tendon, ligament, or muscle has torn, then [...]
In our previous blog, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks of foam rolling and stretching. The blog outlined a general synopsis that foam rolling, or the use of massage balls on sore muscles should mostly be done in conjunction with some stretching of the area as well. In this blog, we’ll learn a simple foam rolling routine that doesn’t take long, but will help to relieve even extreme pain. Let’s begin by addressing one of the most common problematic areas, the neck/traps/shoulders region. In this day & age a multitude of people experience frequent pain in this area of the [...]
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