Handstands are a great way to build strength and increase balance. However, if done incorrectly this can cause unnecessary stress on your joints and lower back. In this post, we will discover just a few basic do's and don'ts to keep in mind when performing a handstand. Keep in mind you can always use a wall to help with balance until you are ready for a free standing handstand. Do's: Arms straight and engaged. Not allowing elbows to lock out.Arms Shoulder width apart. Keeping hands directly in line with shoulders. Lifting
Squat Alignment is crucial!! Especially if you have had knee or back injuries in the past or don’t want to have them in the future. Which should be all of us. #amiright Now, don’t just take my word for these suggestions! These guidelines were conceived from extensive research by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and there are plenty of studies for you to dig into! So the next time someone tells you to “squat in the position that feels normal”, Use that selective hearing ya momma gave you
A little Side Plank advice for ya today! If you are like me and ate 12 pieces of King Cake for Mardi Gras, you may be living in this pose a little more than usual. Below I have listed the muscles involved in side plank. Primary: transversus abdominis muscle, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles (abductors), the adductor muscles of the hip, and the external, and internal obliques. Secondary: gluteus maximus (glutes), quadriceps (quads), and hamstrings.
Forward lunges are great for working the lower body and can be done with added weight or simply using the bodyweight. However, if done incorrectly they can cause many back, knee, and ankle issues. To avoid injuries, always make sure to keep the hips square and step out far enough so that your knee does not pass the toes. Also, you will want to keep your shoulders stacked over the hips as much as possible and try to keep the spine parallel to the tibia. See pictures for just