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Structural Balance

Structural balance in the human body, if perfectly developed, would allow all of your muscles to be proportionately developed.  You’d have the perfect amount of flexibility.  Your joints would move smoothly through a full range of motion.

Too bad we don’t live in a perfect world.  The truth is that the stresses of daily life, our jobs, and sports cause imbalances in almost everyone.  You’re a little tight here or a little weak there.  You slouch in your chair at work or in the car.  Maybe your hands hurt from typing all day, or maybe it’s your shoulder from doing bench press.

The good news is that you can train to fix those problems.

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Book Review- “Athletic Development”

Vern Gambetta is a world renowned strength and conditioning coach with over 40 years of experience.  He has worked with athletes in many sports including experience in high school, the NCAA, NBA, and extensive work with Major League Baseball teams.  He’s certainly someone worth listening to if you’re serious about sports performance training.  In his book, Athletic Development, Gambetta summarizes all his years of research and experience.  He covers all aspects of a fully integrated plan for sports performance training.

In the beginning of the book, Gambetta takes the time to point out that coaching is a unique blend of science and art.  He notes that every athlete, coach, and circumstance is different.  It’s worth considering each of these variables when designing training programs.  While science is hugely important, there’s always that “human” factor, right?

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Fat Bar Training

Old time strongmen would train with homemade equipment.  This stuff was made from whatever they could get their hands on, and came in varying grip diameters and shapes.  Thick bar, or fat bar training was born.  The world’s elite strength coaches have caught on, and professional athletes, bodybuilders, and strongmen have known about fat bar training for years.  You will develop not only greater grip strength, but improve your overall strength as well.  You’ll also increase stability and improve structural balance in your upper extremities, possibly reducing pain from tendinitis or other repetitive use/imbalance injuries.

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Unrolling Fly

This Fly variation will open and build your chest while having the added benefit of increasing shoulder flexibility and overall functioning.

With Online Personal Training from JoeToProAthlete.com you’ll learn how to fit this move into a complete training program.  You’ll also get live 1-on-1 support from your coach, and everything you need to train like a pro!

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Split Squats

This unilateral leg exercise is great for lower body structural balance and developing a stable base.  You’ll build your VMO, stretch your hip flexors, and gain ankle mobility.

*Notice that my knee DOES travel forward over my toe, and my heel stays planted on the ground.

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Back Squat

One of the best exercises for overall strength development.  Also, when strength training for weight loss, squats will burn huge amounts of calories.  You’ll build muscle, improve body composition, affect hormone levels, and more.