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I am a big fan of spinning. It’s a good 45-60 minutes of interval training that usually consists of sprints and climbs. It’s excellent conditioning, easy on the joints, and not to mention with the right teacher… it’s just a good time.

However, I want to talk about reasons it may be good for female lifters other than the obvious.

This occurred to me while I was doing some post-deadlifting spinning on Saturday. Once I was in my groove, I thought how nice the position felt on my back. Like a lot of women (and serious lifters of either sex), I have an anterior pelvic tilt.

Basically what that translates to is elongated (and/or weak) hamstrings and hip flexors, and short spinal erectors. This imbalance can be caused from a number of things: wearing high heels, standing all day, power lifting etc. Often times, anterior tilt can be to blame for the feeling of ‘tight hamstrings.’ People think they need to stretch more, which actually exacerbates the problem and is the opposite of what they need to be doing.

 Obviously, when anything is imbalanced, it can cause issues or pain when training. To help correct anterior tilt, the prescription is usually some direct lower abdominal and hamstring work.  The reverse crunch and stability ball hamstring curls are two effective exercises for this.


Now you may be asking how spinning fits in with all of this.

My only gripe with spinning is that it puts most people that are sitting all day… in a seated position some more. Now we all know that hosts a plethora of postural imbalances from tight hip flexors/weak glutes to tight pecs/weak upper back.

So these people should make sure to do some supplementary stretching of the hip flexors, quads, and chest, as well as strengthening the glutes and upper back.

However, for those of us that live in anterior tilt, a spin class might serve as a 45-minute-corrective-cardio-sweat sesh! The motion of spinning heavily works the hip flexors and hamstrings, while putting the low back on stretch. This is exactly what anterior tilt needs for corrective exercise!

In fact upon thinking about it, when I first started at Fitcorp I used to take spin classes frequently to supplement lifting. Then once my schedule started getting crazy spin fell to the way side. Coincidentally my low back started giving me problems. Who knows if that’s cause and effect but it definitely got my wheels turning.

Pun intended.

I think it’s valuable for everybody who exercises to have an understanding of their alignment. This is obviously a very individualized issue so unfortunately there is no blanket program for everybody. Whether it’s through an awesome trainer at Fitcorp (*cough*), a physical therapist, a chiropractor or the likes, everybody needs some form of exercise to improve and maintain good posture.

On another note, I may or may not get a post in before Thanksgiving, but if not, I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday! I’m personally looking forward to my aunt’s famous pumpkin ravioli. Okay… looking forward is an understatement; I LIVE for this day 😀

Try not to overeat TOO much, and don’t forget to come to the Turkey Throwdown this Wednesday morning!

Happy Monday!

-L

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and restful weekend. Summer is coming to an end in Boston, and I woke up with a temperature of 60 degrees this morning. I must admit, I think I am ready for fall. Although summer is my favorite season, the days of 90 degrees and 104% humidity have been plentiful this year and I’m kind of over it.

Weather men don’t lie…

I’m ready for hiking season!

Anyway, here is your new WUOTW. Enjoy!

A.  Glute Bridges with Overhead Reach- Glute and core activation, shoulder mobility.

This is a more dynamic version of the standard glute bridge. Get into normal bridge postion and clasp your hands with arms straight over head (toward ceiling). As you bridge your hips up, reach arms overhead to touch the floor. Bring hips down and arms back up. If you don’t yet have the shoulder mobility to touch the floor, grab the ends of a small towel instead of clasping your hands together.

B. Supine heel taps- Anterior core activator, anterior pelvic tilt corrective

 

Lay supine in table top position- make sure your hips and knees are 90 degrees and your low back is pushed into the floor; your abs should be turned on before you even start moving. Keeping your knees bent, lower 1 heel at a time, alternating feet.

C. Plank with Toe Taps- Core activator, shoulder stability, rotary stability

Get into plank position. In the picture shown above, her neck is slighly hyperextended; make sure you’re looking straight down without letting your head fall forward. Take your right toe and tap it out to the right side. Bring it back and repeat on the left side. Continue alternating legs.

D. 1/2 Kneel-To-Stand with Dowel

Start/Finish

When you’re in the start position, make sure your head, upper back, and butt are in contact with the dowel. Focus on keeping your torso tall and driving through your front heel to stand up.

E. Walking Pigeon- Single leg stability, hip external rotation mobility

Get your balance on 1 leg and grab the outer foot of the opposite leg so that your calf is perpendicular to your body. Alternate legs and take a step between each grab.

Go get ’em!

-L