Train for a reason, Train with reason

My good friend John Bass from Bass Planet TV¬†produced a lovely little video for me so thought I’d post a link to it in my blog.

Also feel the need to explain the reason behind preparing such a video without it looking like I’m showing off ūüėČ

For a start we have the one-handed push-up.¬† Here’s a great tutorial by Nick Tumminello,¬†one of my favourite coaches, on this exercise

Now, on¬†my video you’ll see me struggling a lot more on my left.¬† This is partly becuase of me being right-handed but that is not the full story.¬† My shoulder stability is a lot weaker on my left.¬† I find it harder to squeeze that shoulder down and create a firm and stable foundation.¬† Hence, the one-handed push-up is about combining strength and mobility which is why I call this training with reason.¬† Now I can wait until I get an injury and pay a fortune on physio or I can address this now which is why I perform those shoulder mobility exercises at the beginning of the video.¬† I can even find an exercise that will help improve my shoulder stability and work my core at the same time.¬† Enter the hammer swing as pictured below

This basically involves swinging the club in a clockwork motion round and round.  An amazing core exercise that tests your cardio and trains you to maintain the connection between your shoulders and torso.

I also demonstrate a pistol or one-legged squat; the photo shows how my thigh is touching my chest in the bottom position

Again a good balance of strength and mobility is required.¬† If my lower lats, or more specifically, my thoracolumbar fascia, are holding on to my pelvis too tight this position would be more diffcult.¬† Likwise if my glutes¬† and IT band were tight or I had a lot of capsular tightness in the acetablum where the thigh meets the pelvis.¬† Getting very technical now but in a nutshell, a one-legged squat isn’t all about¬†mere leg strength.

Even the muscle-up combines strength with mobility as I have to go through quick, smooth transitions from pulling-up to pushing off.  If I were obsessed with weights and tightened up all the muscles and tendons (rotator cuffs) crossing the shoulder joint the muscle-up would become about brute strength which is not what you want for long-term health.

I hope readers can appreciate the value of this vision on fitness afterwhich I can only attribute it to one man in Scott Sonnon and his great team of coaches at RMAX international.

So here’s the video and I hope a more dignified reason has emerged for putting it up.