Monday, March 5, 2012

Are you born with Athletic Explosivness?

Bukus high hurdle 1969
Yes, you are born with an ability to activate muscles explosively.  This cannot be changed by any "speed training" or "explosive" exercise program. There aren't any exercises that increase your explosive power.  This is dictated by what your were born with (genetics) and can't be changed.  If you weight train by moving the weights as fast as possible, this does not increase explosiveness just a greater chance of a severe injury.

Some people have very fast reaction times, some people can activate are large percentage of their muscles, and some people can have very fast reaction times AND activate a large percentage of their muscles. Combine that with great body proportions for your sport and you have a beast like Dick Butkus.

You might be asking then "Why are athletes today so much more athletic and explosive?"  It's because they have a lot more muscle mass than athletes of the past.  Adding muscle to your natural ability will just increase that explosive potential that you were born with. If you took any athlete from the past and packed on 20 or 30lbs of muscle on them, they will just as explosive of any athlete of today.

What's this all mean?  It means don't waste your time with silly exercise programs that claim to increase your explosiveness.  It's gonna do much more harm than good because of the wear and tear on your muscles and joints.  Your time is better spent working out properly to get stronger muscles and then working on your skill level of the sport you play.

Friday, March 2, 2012

3 Stretches to relieve Low Back Pain

Over 80% of Americans have or will have low back pain at some point in our lives.  It could be a sports injury, having weak low back muscles and lifting something around the house, or because you have tight muscles and bad posture from sitting at your job all day.  Here are some great stretches that really make an impact on relieving low back pain and preventing it from happening again.  Do these at least three times a week,  2 sets of each and holding for 30 seconds.
Hamstrings: Ease into this stretch, this muscle has a tendency to be very tight!

Hip Flexors: Has a huge impact on lower back pressure.
Lats: The biggest muscle in your back has a profound effect on Low Back Pain.