Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Small Cues can make a BIG Difference

I believe that one of the most important concepts that a strength & conditioning coach, personal trainer, physiotherapist, etc., should understand is that small, and often times perceived unnecessary, cues can make a huge difference in whether or not an exercise is:

1) Causing or Preventing Injury
2) Getting the athlete/client the maximum benefit from the exercise
3) Doing what it's supposed to

Take the squat for example...the Goblet Squat, the Front Squat, the Back Squat.  Simple cues such as brace your stomach, root your feet into the ground, spread the floor, and pull back & down the lats can mean the difference between:

 1) Having Stable and Strong Hips, or not
 2) Keeping the Spine in a Neutral and Safe position, or in a curved and harmful position
 3) Having Proper Posture of the Thoracic Spine, or curved and dangerous/unbeneficial

If you are not getting maximum benefit, or are unable to perform the exercise as you should be able to, try thinking about which basic cues you may be forgetting. 

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