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The Power Of Anti Movement Strength
In today’s blogisode I’m going to be talking about a form of strength that many of us tend to overlook when it comes to developing a solid foundation. The fact is that there are many ways to build strength with any athlete and as coaches we generally try to go about doing this by lifting and moving both ourselves and our athletes in various movement patterns. We also intensify this by doing so under load or stress.
Anti Movement Strength…
Much of the way we generally go about acquiring strength involves movements such as flexion, extension, and rotation particularly in the torso. We can load the body in various movement patterns and stress those movements with greater intensity in order to build strength. In other words we can perform a squat (hip/knee flexion), but to intensify it we can load up and do a squat with a bar and weight on our backs.
As some of my students have stated “Coach there is all kinds of creative madness to building strength.” The truth is that “Yes” there is. However today I want to look at another way we can build significant strength with the body by restricting those movements.
Now did I say I was going to show you how to build strength by restricting movements? Yes I did my young Jedi of strength! The way we go about doing this is by resisting movement when under stress. This is also known as anti-movement.
You see if an athlete can have the ability to stabilze the spine from outside forces by resisting movement in an attempt to maintain rigidity then the athlete can build significant strength throughout his/her body and be more resistant to injury. Being able to better fight against movement under stress allows for the athlete to function more desirably in an unpredictable sport environment.
One method that I prefer to employ with this is by doing farmer’s walks. Farmer’s walks can be performed with many different tools using kettlebells, dumbbells, and even sandbags. If none of those are available you can even load up a wheelbarrow. World’s Strongest Man Maruisz Pudzianowski is a master of this with the farmer’s walk competition. Check this out.
As you can see when carrying what seems to be the weight of a motorcycle in each hand there is some serious grip and core strength development going on from the rigidity these competitors must create in order to prevent themselves from folding under the load. This is anti-movement at its best.
The fact is that you can build strength in some of the most practical ways by simply engaging in natural human work. That’s right, simple carries, totes, and throws of various kinds are exactly what the human body is designed to do. We are machines. No I’m not necessarily talking Schwarzenegger Terminator type of machines, but we’re machines nonetheless.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post on anti-movement. What kind of anti-movement strength moves do you engage in? Please post up in the comment box below. Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend.