So you’ve caught yourself or someone else doing this little lean thing while lunging.
Whatever is going on, you know that it ain’t right. That’s a great start! But… what IS going on?
Addressing the Thorax
There are a few things that might be going on here. I’ll describe them based on how they look.
- Lateral translation of the thorax, looks more like a listing pole
- Side crunching of the thorax, looks more like one shoulder is lower than the other
I just saw a comment on one of my daily YouTube videos that shook me.
It’s not that it was particularly scary or outrageous… it just reminded me so much of me.
How do you get huge while nursing your body? Is it even possible?
How do you treat that nagging shoulder/elbow/hip/back/etc but still have fun in the gym?
How do you sweat and make your muscles burn when you feel indefinitely injured?
This post is probably the most existential topic I’ve ever covered. It addresses the questions I’ve been pondering the most for the last decade. Continue reading
Knees hurt sometimes. It’s okay. Try to improve your form (details below). If that doesn’t work, try a different exercise like split squats, step ups, or lunges.
Table of Contents
- Medical Disclaimer
- Why Does Your Knee Hurt?
- What is knee pain?
- What is the deadlift?
- Analyzing your deadlift
- View your deadlift from the side
- Round back
- Arched back
- Balanced feet
- View your deadlift from behind
- Knee caved in
- Knee splayed out
- Hip shift
- Fixing Your Deadlift
- Fix knee alignment
- Feet stay flat
- Hip-knee-ankle inline
- Fix hips shifting
- Hips twisting
- Side shifting
- Start from scratch
- Modify the Plan
- Why are you deadlifting?
- Try single leg exercise
- Switch up your workouts
- Stress Management
- What is stress?
- Mental health
- Hire a professional
Sometimes our bodies don’t hold up as well as we wish they would.
Even just last night I went for a walk and limped the last half of it because of my knee. And I’m 28 years old! (at the time of writing this)
Why is pain such a pain?
Due to my own creaky joints, I tend to specialize in training people with aches and pains. When it comes to helping my clients, fixing poor technique is always first on my mind. Bad exercise form can stress your body in ways that your mind does NOT appreciate. Continue reading
The single leg Romanian deadlift is one of my favorite exercises to program. My clients know to expect to see it in their programs.
One of my clients was having some trouble performing it a few weeks ago. I broke it down for him and thought the explanation might be able to help some people out there.
Everything following is part of the email I sent him which breaks down my thought process and gives specific cues to address his technique on this exercise.