The key to acquiring physical prowess is making sure to train and become proficient with movements, as well as being able to resist movement at the right time as well. A well designed training plan can incorporate both of these scenarios and for the sake of today’s article it can be done with something as simple as a medicine ball.
As strength coaches one thing that enables us to advance a trainee, or athlete is being able to identify weaknesses. It’s sort of counterintuitive because even though we’re called “strength coaches” in many cases the ability for us to investigate and identify weaknesses is what makes us successful. It’s sort of like we’re the Sherlock Holmes detectives of the iron game!
So what is anti-pattern strength? In short an anti-pattern movement is one that often encompasses having to brace the body at it’s center mass while maintaining a neutral spine position. The movements of flexion, rotation, and extension are kept in check by maintaining the braced neutral position of the spine during an anti-pattern exercise. In short anti-pattern is about resisting movement through the act of bracing and controlling the body during a given exercise.
Being in the fitness business now for over 15 years I can tell you that it’s one tough industry. There is no doubt that to succeed in this industry an individual must grind and be willing to accept the fact that they are going to have to do a lot of things that are uncomfortable in order to succeed. This is so true in this industry and it certainly makes for a greater metaphor for running a business in this particular industry. With that being said today I’m going to talk about three different kettlebell movements that may cause a little discomfort, but yield you some great results.
So I’ve been a bit slow in getting this out, but it’s only because I’ve been slammed on both the training front and responding to huge email and social media inquiries regarding this book. If you’re just now tuning in and aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about I’ll catch you up to speed. Two weeks ago I was fortunate to be a part a huge project by becoming a contributing author to my friend Matt Bacak’s book Everyday Heroes 2.