Tag Archives: core strength

Variations of the Pallof Press

  As you probably already know if you follow my blog, the Pallof Press is one of my favorite exercises for improving core stability. It’s basically an anti-rotation exercise can be modified to suit any ability from frail elder to elite athlete. Since the spine remains stationary throughout the exercise, I’ve used it successfully with […]

How To Optimize Your Squat Technique

Optimizing your squat technique! Whether you’re an elite athlete training for a sport or an elderly adult who wants to maintain an independent lifestyle, being able to squat with correct technique is imperative! With proper squat technique, you’ll maximize the benefits of the exercise while minimizing your chance of injury. Benefits of Squats Squatting is […]

Transverse Abdominis Activation

The transverse abdominis muscle is the deepest muscle in the abdomen and has a tendency to get weak in postpartum women, people with back pain, or any postural dysfunction. In other words, most people. Learning to activate this muscle is the starting point for many of my personal training clients – and it’s surprising how […]

How to Master the Hip Hinge

No matter what your age or gender, you need to be able to pick stuff up and put it down. Whether it’s a load of laundry, a small child, or a sack of groceries, people lift things (sometimes heavy things) and set them down again on a daily basis. To do this involves being able […]

How to Regress a Push-Up

Most of the new clients I see struggle to do a basic push-up correctly, yet they are frequently quick to want to move on to more challenging variations even though they aren’t ready. Men typically have more upper body strength than women, but push-ups are a total body exercise that actually rely more on core […]

Three Core Stability Ball Exercises for a Stronger Mid-Section

Here is a great video courtesy of the American Council on Exercise that demonstrates three core stability ball exercises. They include a basic crunch for the anterior (front) abdominal muscles, back extension to strengthen muscles in the low back, and a supine plank that helps strengthen the glutes – all using a stability ball. All […]