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04.05.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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Of all the muscles to get a bad rap and always to blame for creating trouble, the hamstring muscles would be right up there alongside the upper traps as the public enemy number one. Watch anyone who plays sports do their stretching routine and you are guaranteed to see the hamstrings get a real workout, or participate in a Yoga class to see how many hamstring stretches you will have to complete and it seems like everyone must be short and tight in this muscle group. Now while this may seem like a good idea, what you will find in this article is that many people who are cranking excessive mobility into this area are in fact creating a huge potential problem at joints like the knee, and even the lower back. It is ironic for many people are doing the stretch in the belief it is going to prevent these injuries. We will also discuss the strategies that are used to strengthen the hamstrings, in particular with sports where hamstring tears are common, and show you that it is not the hamstring that is the problem. The hamstring muscles really are very misunderstood, and when you appreciate how they actually function you will become much smarter with how you approach your training.

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19.04.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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Of all the leg exercises you can use in the gym, the Multi Direction Lunge is right up there as one of my "go to" exercises for it does so many remarkable things for your body. The lunge itself is a great exercise in it's own right, but the multi direction lunge takes the benefits to a whole new level which we will explain in great detail in this article. The Lunge is one of our 7 key movement patterns needed for optimal movement, and is arguably the most difficult & most athletic movement and is a key movement needed for anyone playing sports. It also is one of the most difficult to learn. Our sedentary lifestyle where we sit for long hours creates extremely tight hip flexors, which are not a good thing when doing the lunge. The lunge requires great flexibility through the hips and quads while at the same time demanding incredible strength through the core and the glutes. It is for this reason we love the lunge so much for most people are weak in these areas. The multi lunge has a few extra characteristics to it that provides you with some great building blocks for other movements. Let's look how this works.

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06.04.2018
Category: 2014
Written by: Nick Jack
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It still amazes me after 13 years of being a trainer and working with all types of people for sports, injury and various health problems just how many people skip the warm up when they workout. It is seen as an inconvenience and a waste of time by many who drive to the gym, get straight out of the car and want to get right into it! Yet watch any professional athlete prepare for their match and their warm up could take as long as 30 minutes. Why? For they know a warm up is pivotal to sporting success, not only in preventing any unwanted injury, but will enable their body to perform at it's peak. But what does a good warm up consist of? Well this can vary on many things, such as if it is for sport or is it for gym, what workout you are about to do, if you have any injuries, and lastly what tight spots you have that need addressing. This article we will assume you are someone with no injuries, and is about to do a strength workout at the gym.

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