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Stabilization (Part 4)
Stability AND the Squat:

We've spent much of the time in these last three articles discussing stability.  This article is all about application.  I picked one of the more common exercises, which happens to be one of my favorites: the squat.  The squat is regarded by many as the king of lower body training (more on this soon).  As we have discussed many times this year, there is a correct and an incorrect way to stabilize.  There are so many variations of the squat; some allow for proper stabilization while others do not.  In this article, I compare the high bar, low bar and front squat to help you all better understand the biomechanical differences in hope of improving your ability to train idea stability.



Stabilization (Part 3)
Training Spinal Stability  

I've talked a lot about stability and the extension/compression stabilizing strategy.  Now, it's time to provide some solutions to this problem.  In this article, I cover exercises to calm down the extension/compression stabilizing strategy and also exercises to improve the quality of one's stabilizing strategy.  These are all great exercises for athletes and patients.



Stabilization (Part 2)
Compensatory Stabilization - The Extension/Compression Stabilizing Strategy 

Sports is all about pushing ourselves to the absolute limit.  Often, the results in training and moving with less-than-ideal stabilizing strategies.  A compensatory stabilizing strategy that is pandemic within the weightlifting population is the Extension/Compression Stabilizing Strategy (ECSS).  This article covers the anatomy, neurology and kinematics involved with this compensatory stabilizing strategy 



Stability in Weightlifting - Mechanics of Stability (Part 1)

This is the first of a four-part column series on stability in weight training.  This article gives a basic explanation of the mechanics and anatomy of trunk stabilization.  I apologize in advance for the lack of good anatomy pictures, but we were limited by finances due to the fact that purchasing art for publication is nonsensically expensive.  The book that I always suggest is Thieme Atlas of Amatomy: Musculoskeletal System.  It's a great book with the best pictures.  Please have that handy with you as you ready the article to make it a little easier to follow.


Czech Get-Up

   This is an article written by Richard Ulm, Michael Rintala, Martina Jezkova and Alena Kobesova (all international instructors of DNS for the Prague School or Rehabilitation).  It was published in May of 2016 in NSCA-Coach, an on-line, peer-reviewed journal for strength coaches.

   In this article, we introduce the "Czech Get-Up", an exercise similar to the famous Turkish Get-Up.  The Czech Get-Up differs from the Turkish Get-Up in that t is based on the observations and teachings of Pavel Kolar, PT (the founder of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization).  In the Czech Get-Up, the positions that the athlete must achieve are the same as the landmark positions seen in early development.  

  If you are a strength coach or simply someone who likes to train with a kettlebell, you should definitely check out this exercise.

How to Use a Belt[Properly]

Weightlifting belts are a common commodity in weight rooms all over the world.  As common as they may be, coaches and athletes do not often use them properly.  This article covers proper usage of a belt, common stakes using belts and when one should use a belt.

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