Have you seen asymmetry in heavy lifts? The bench press where the sternum turns to the right. The squat where the left knee and left elbow stick out to the side. The deadlift stuck over on the right foot.
These happen. Often. If you haven’t noticed them, look out for them. It’s actually pretty cool.
But as a trainer, it’s frustrating. I can’t train you into that asymmetry. I can, but… what good could that possibly do? Now I have to stop you when I start to consistently see that.
But I’ve seen people shift over there almost immediately. I mean, like, rep two out of twenty. They know how to do the exercise, they just can’t. Their brains won’t let them. Why? Because ‘dey scared.
Here’s a recent question from one of my distance clients:
Do you use offsets frequently? Always contralateral or do you use ipsilateral?
I love this question because I think it’s one of the best illustrations of the art of coaching. Not often are things black and white.
Today I wanted to share a new video that shows how to set up with dumbbells for pressing exercises.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me that if they can get the weights up there, then they are able press them. This method allows you to get heavier weights set up.
This is especially important for someone who trains alone and has a history of shoulder problems. I might not want them pressing with a bar so much because of the restricted motion, but I still want them to get big and strong. In order to do so, they must be able to get some heavy dumbbells set up on their own.
As with anything, there’s a learning curve to this method, but I think you’ll love it. Give it a shot.