Four Fundamental Core Exercises

Strengthen your abdominal muscles to prevent low back pain, improve posture and enhance function. Strong transverse abdominis, internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdominis and multifidi muscles help lower the risk of low back injuries and piriformis syndrome. Combine abdominal strengthening exercises with lumbar spine stretching exercises to combat postural issue such as lower cross syndrome.Read the rest

Three Variations of Thoracic Extension

Improve upper body posture with thoracic extension exercises. The thoracic spine is the medical name for the midback. Combat slouching and upper cross syndrome by strengthening the thoracic paraspinal muscles. A strong thoracic spine is vital to proper upper body posture, neck health and shoulder function.

Isometric Prone Thoracic Extension

Isometric exercise.

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Neck Strengthening Exercises with a Harness and Weight Plate

Build powerful neck muscles with a head harness and weight plates. These are advanced exercises that should be used by intermediate and advanced level trainees. Begin with manual cervical spine strengthening exercises, gradually increase the intensity with banded cervical spine strengthening exercises then advance to neck strengthening exercises with a head harness and weight plates.Read the rest

Five Resistance Band Exercises for Neck Strength

Increase neck strength with banded cervical spine strengthening exercises. Banded exercises provide resistance through the entire range of motion. Develop proportional neck strength by strengthening the sternocleidomastoids, scalenes, levator scapula, trapezius, deep cervical flexors and cervical paraspinals. The cervical spine is medical name for the neck. Strong cervical spine muscles may help decrease the … Read the rest

Four Exercises for Upper Body Posture

Strengthen the upper back muscles, the posterior neck muscles and the muscles that retract the scapulae to improve your upper body posture. The upper back muscles that straighten the spine are the thoracic paraspinals. The muscles that retract the scapula are the rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius. The deep Read the rest

Two Serratus Anterior Stretches

Stretch the Serratus Anterior muscle to improve posture, increase shoulder, ribcage and spine health and improve upper body function. Hold a mild comfortable stretch in the serratus anterior muscle for five to one hundred and twenty seconds to decrease muscle tension and improve flexibility. Perform serratus anterior stretches while seated, supine, laying supine on a … Read the rest

Posterior Deltoid Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the posterior head of the deltoid muscle to develop proportional shoulder strength. The deltoid possess three heads anterior, lateral and posterior. Often times the anterior and lateral heads are stronger than the posterior head. Powerful shoulder require all three heads to be trained properly.

Posterior Deltoid

Origin: Scapular spine

Insertion: Deltoid tuberosity

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Four Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the entire posterior shoulder muscles to develop joint stability, proportional strength and reduced injury risk. Build strength and endurance in the scapular retractor muscles, (Rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius) with isometric resisted scapular retraction. Enhance strength, coordination and endurance in the scapular retractor muscles, posterior deltoidRead the rest

Inner Thigh Strengthening Exercises

Copenhagen Adduction (CA) Protocol [AKA Modified Progressive Copenhagen Adduction (MPCA) Program]

Graduated eccentric training regime that strengthens hip adduction. Six progressive levels. Strengthens and builds endurance in the Hip Adductor Muscles (Adductor Magnus, Adductor Longus, Adductor Brevis, Pectineus, Obturator Externus and Gracilis) and the muscles that attach at the … Read the rest

Four Advancing Levels of BOSU Ball Ankle Exercises

BOSU ball training enhances joint stability and increases proprioception, which is the body’s awareness of its location in nature. Improving lower leg strength, flexibility, stability and proprioception helps decrease the risk of acquiring a lateral ankle sprain, high ankle sprain, peroneal tendinopathy and calf muscle strains. BOSU ball balancing, lunges and squats … Read the rest