Maximal Stiffness Does NOT Improve Dynamic BalanceJun 06, 2022
IMAGE: UNSPLASH / Jonathon Borba
The Most Difficult Stability Exercises are often NOT the Most Effective
Our Diaphragm (and supporting musculature) work on a spectrum from Low Threshold to High Threshold.
Regressed Dead-bug type Exercises on the back
3RM Barbell Back Squat
Front Rack Barbell Reverse Lunge
Single Arm Plank
When we exclusively train High Threshold movements, our body's go-to for stability is high threshold bracing whether you need it or not.
If you can’t hold a side plank while breathing, you might respond surprisingly well to some positional breathing drills in your warm-up.
As a movement coach, time a client's sets with 5 controlled deep breaths instead of 30 seconds. This can help your patients/clients adopt a lower threshold bracing strategy.
Side plank while breathing is a progression from side plank holding the breath!
There is so much more to dynamic balance than maximal stiffness through High Threshold movements.
What positional breathing or low threshold stability drills do you like to use?
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