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Posted by on 10 May 2016

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Fun articles and blogs i have been reading recently

Over the last few weeks I have read a lot of new material. I’m constantly reading new and interesting blogs/articles/ research papers etc. It’s so important in this industry to keep savvy with the times and read the latest material (also remember a lot of old philosophies are still very relevant), and to also read from a diplomatic stand point! What I mean by this is I read material on things I don’t always believe in and that challenge my beliefs. I learnt a while back that strongly believing in one system/point/protocol isn’t always healthy, different approaches work for different people; one size does not fit all!!

This Blog by Mike Robertson is fantastic. It’s from 2007 but still relevant in my point of view, and going back to the point of one size doesn’t fit all is very relevant when looking at an anterior /posterior pelvic tilt , hypothesising about this when writing a program can cause problems so have a read and see what you think. 

The Anterior Force Couple

The anterior force couple consists of the hip flexors (psoas, iliacus, rectus femoris, and TFL), and the spinal erectors. From the front, the hip flexors pull the pelvis down into anterior tilt. On the back side, the spinal erectors are pulling up on the back side of the pelvis to produce anterior tilt as well.

The Posterior Force Couple

In contrast to the anterior force couple, the posterior force couple consists of the rectus abdominus, external obliques, gluteals, and hamstrings. From the front, the rectus abdominus and external obliques pull up on the pelvis. On the back side, the gluteals and hamstrings pull down on the pelvis. Again, these muscle groups are working synergistically to produce one movement – posterior pelvic tilt.

https://www.t-nation.com/training/hips-dont-lie

Two things I like about this next piece is it’s about posture and it’s from the 1940s and is still spot on! 

“PRINCIPLES OF POSTURE TRAINING. There is no one “best posture” for all men because the physical architecture of individuals differs according to the bony structure they inherit. Therefore, to develop the best posture for each member of any given group certain general principles must be applied intelligently to the group as a whole as well as to each man. These principles are:

a. To teach the characteristics of good posture.
b. To provide an opportunity to “feel” or practice good posture.
c. To have the men practice proper posture until it feels more comfortable than poor posture.
d. To motivate the men to acquire it as a habit.”

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/01/17/wwii-workout-week-posture-training/

This weeks quote comes from Mobility WODs front man Kelly Starrett. I like this quote because it hits home on how important a whole body approach is.

“Neutral feet start in your trunk, so really go after those tight hips:” 
― Kelly Starrett

Until next time,

Keep it real walk and wheel 

CW