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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Why Strength Enables Flexibility

What if I told you...

"Getting flexible will not make you slower and weaker"

"Getting Strong as hell does not have to mean you lose flexibility"

"Strength Enables Flexibility"





Most information out there suggests that strength and flexibility are inversely related. This means that as strength increases, flexibility decreases and vice versa.

This is false, plain and simple.

In this article you will learn:
  • Strength and Flexibility are NOT inversely related
  • How does it benefit to Strengthen and Lengthen?
  • How to increase Strength and Mobility simultaneously

Strength and Flexibility are NOT inversely related

Most people associate increasing strength by strengthening their strongest ranges of motion.

This makes sense right? Why would we squat "ass to grass" when we never use those positions in our sport or daily life.

Wrong

When we only strengthen our "strongest" or "functional" ranges of motion our body will not allow us more flexibility. Our joints become tight to protect the weaker less used ranges of motion. This might improve power output in our strongest ranges but will also increase the chance of injury.



Most people associate increasing flexibility with stretching. When we static stretch we simply pull the muscle into new positions. This loosens and relaxes the muscle. While this can increase flexibility temporarily, it can increase the chance of catastrophic injury due to lacking muscular strength.

In these cases, under traditional training principles, strength and flexibility are inversely related.

Think about it this way...

Imagine we have a super strong and thick elastic band. It holds huge potential power yet lacks the mobility to truly stretch far enough to use all of its potential power.  If you tried to stretch this band and shoot it, it would not travel far. This represents a very strong yet stiff athlete.




Imagine we have a super-thin elastic band that can be stretched super far, but it's weak and cannot produce very much power when stretched so it does not fly far when released. This elastic band can also easily snap if stretched past its range. This represents a very flexible but weak athlete.



Now imagine an elastic band that has an ideal balance of flexibility and strength. This elastic band can stretch far and still produce large amounts of power. This band can be coiled and shot very far. This represents an athlete who trains to Strengthen and Lengthen.



Here is a great example of this in human form


How does it Benefit me to Strengthen and Lengthen?

To gain access to new positions, we not only need to increase flexibility but also strengthen those ranges of motion. This will both increase performance as well as reduce the chance of injury.

Our bodies are extremely smart and will protect themselves from injury by:
- Restricting our movement into weak/unused ranges of motion
- Inhibiting force from antagonist or contributing muscles along the chain of movement

By strengthening our new ranges of motion, our body "unlocks" these positions for us to use.

When we can produce power through a greater range of motion, we can produce a higher amount of total force leading to higher jumps, and faster sprints.

See How to Create Lasting Mobility for more information!

How to Create Strength through Length





Here are a few examples of exercises we use to simultaneously strengthen and lengthen. These are loaded stretches. The load (weight or just bodyweight) pulls the muscle into its end ranges before contracting the targeted muscle. This strengthens the ENTIRE range of motion, increasing both mobility and strength simultaneously.

Focus on these three guidelines:

  1. Use lightweight or simply your bodyweight
  2. Allow the load to pull your joints into their end ranges of motion
  3. Contract the targeted muscle and repeat
  4. NEVER TRAIN THROUGH PAIN, avoid at all costs.

Thank you for reading!
-Matt

Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 204 891 6851










Note:
The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Bulletproof Your Hips!

"I've been an athlete for almost 20 years now and the only action, coaches, trainers or other athletes recommended for my hip-flexors was to simply static stretch them."

Your hips are prime movers for your lower body, meaning the produce the most force and are involved in many movements.
This article will focus on:
  • Outlining some Common Hip Issues
  • Treating/Preventing Hip Problems
  • How to Implement into your Training

Common Hip Issues

Our sedentary lifestyle nowadays has us sitting down in chairs for large portions of the day. This places our hips into flexion (bent forward) shortening the hip-flexor muscles. To make matters worse, the hip-flexors are very seldom trained adequately.
I've been an athlete for almost 20 years now and the only attention, coaches, trainers or other athletes have paid towards my hip-flexors was to simply static stretch them. Read more about how to properly create lasting mobility here.





  • Bursitis - An uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition where bursa (fluid-filled sacs within your joints) become inflamed. This can be due to overuse, trauma or muscle imbalances causing friction and inflammation.
  • Sciatica - Nerves which pass through the hip can become compressed due to tightness or imbalances. This can cause a sharp pain shooting down the leg, as well as other uncomfortable sensations.
  • Tendonitis - Tendons (connect bone to muscle) become inflamed and painful. This is due to overuse, imbalances or repeated trauma.
  • Muscle Imbalance or Tightness - Imbalances in the sizes and ability to oppose (opposite actions) muscles cause one area to be much weaker than others. This can lead to improper posture and biomechanics, which can lead to major injury(breaks or tears of tissue and bone), overuse injury (see above) or lower back pain. The hip flexor muscles attach into the spine and can cause pain or injury to the lower back.

Treatment/Prevention 

The best way to avoid issues with your hips is to prevent the problem from happening. Proper strengthening and mobility routines can also be used to train out the pain. It is important to remember to Never Train Through Pain as it is entirely counterproductive!

This will take the pressure off of the Hip Joint and improve Health and Functionality!

Implement this Routine into your Training (Click on exercise for demo)

  1. Pain Management - Allow the affected area to settle down, and the pain to subside enough that you are able to perform the warmup routine without pain.
    1. Rest 
    2. Ice
    3. Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  2. Warm-Up/Pre Activity - Perform this routine 2 to 3 times through as a warmup for an activity or for rehabilitation routine once you are able to perform without pain.
    1. Fire Hydrants x12-15/leg
    2. Mountain Climbers x20
    3. Elevated Heel Squat x12-15
  3. Rehabilitation - Perform 4 to 6 times each week 
    1. (Single Leg) Glute Bridge 3x30 seconds
    2. Cable Hip Curl 3x12-15/leg
    3. ATG Split Squat 3x12-15/leg
    4. Piriformis Pulses 3x20/leg


Thank you for reading!
-Matt

Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 204 891 6851










Note:
The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Train According to Gravity and Jump Higher!



Traditional Squats and Deadlifts are Overrated when it comes to Vertical Jump Training and Speed Development 

This article might completely change the way you think about high-performance training and power development. This article will teach you about a fundamental approach to our training philosophy at Bounce Evolution. (2 minute read)

You will learn:
  1. The relationship between your ankles, knees and hips in regards to force production
  2. Misconceptions regarding the squat and deadlift for vertical jump growth
  3. How to maximize your bodies total body strength
  4. How to apply these concepts to your training

Force Production from the Hips, through the Knees and Ankles


What does it mean to train according to gravity?
When we jump or run we use our muscles to produce force. The prime producers of this force are our hips through a hinging motion. Although this involves the largest, most powerful muscles, this is only a part of the equation. In order for us to use this force to its full capacity, we must transfer this force downwards through the knees, ankles and into the ground. If we neglect to train our body proportionately,  our knees and ankles will not be able to transfer the force and we will leak part of our power on its way to the ground. This can lead to inferior athletic performance as well as injury.

A study conducted by Cleather, Goodwin & Bull in 2013 (linked below) found that during maximal jumps the ankle was subjected to the most force at a mean of 8.9 X bodyweight, with the knee sustaining a mean of 6.9 X bodyweight and the hips only being subjected to 5.5 X bodyweight.

In short, the hips produce the most force, but the knees and ankles are often the limiting factors.

I like to use the analogy of a car. If you have a car with a huge powerful engine that can propel it forward but our tires are flat, the car will not be able to use its potential power of the engine.


Take a look at this video of one of the highest jumpers in the world. Observe his mechanics closely and you can see he plants, then extends his hips first, then knees and finally plantarflexes his ankles. This allows for the highest power output.

When we train we want to mimic the biomechanics of our sport as closely as possible. For optimal performance, train your body to extend in this order:
Hips ↠ Knees ↠ Ankles

Misconceptions with Squats, Deadlifts and Vertical Jump Training


Most information out there focuses on the hips as they are the largest muscle group through squats and/or deadlifts. Performing these exercises will increase your strength effectively, however, when not balanced properly could lead to developing incorrect movement mechanics when it comes to athletic movements in sports.

Traditional Squats and Deadlifts are Overrated when it comes to Vertical Jump Training and Speed Development 


Take a look at this slow-motion video of a heavy squat. Take note of the following:
  • The minimal motion of the ankle
  • Ankles and knees are extending fully BEFORE the hips extend



Take a look at this slow-motion video of a deadlift. Take note of the following:

  • Minimal range of motion in the ankle and knees
  • Ankles and knees are fully extending BEFORE the hips extend

How to Maximize your Total Body Power Output


In order to maximizer your potential you need to "train from the ground up". This means you need to pay proportionately more attention to the ankles and feet than the knees, and more attention to the knees compared to the hips.
Follow the following 3 guidelines in order to proportionately increase power. 
  • Train the ankles and feet to be bulletproof and handle everything the knees and hips subject them to
  • Train the knees to be bulletproof and handle the force produced by the hips
  • Train the hips through triple extension exercises with the hips extending first followed by the knees and finally the ankles.
This way it will be impossible to become imbalanced, and you will jump higher, run faster as well as greatly reduce the chance of injury.

The Work Out - How to Apply this to your Training


Now that you understand the fundamentals and background information, I will take you through a few exercises to add to your routine! These will start from the feet and finish with the hips. Each exercise will target the specified muscle group as well as the joints/muscles below it!

Warm-Up 
- Bear Crawl x30 meters (shoes off)


  • A great full-body warm-up that emphasises plantar flexion of the feet
Feet/Ankles
- Knees over Toes Calf Raise 3x10/leg


- Tibialis Raise 3x10 (Single leg)



Knees
- Reverse Step Up 3x15/leg


- Sissy Squat 3x10-12




Hips
- (Full range) Pistol Squat 3x6-8/leg


- Rhythm Squat 3x25


Thank you for reading!
-Matt

Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 204 891 6851








Note:
The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.


References

Cleather, D. J., Goodwin, J. E., & Bull, A. M. (2013). Hip and knee joint loading during vertical jumping and push jerking. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 28(1), 98–103. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3966561/#R50

Just Fly Performance Podcast 

PJF Performance Podcast






Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Workouts...Without the Gym!

This will be an ongoing post that will be updated.

The purpose is to provide alternatives to all of our workouts for those who do not have access to a full gym.

SledWork... Without the gym

Each exercise will have a few key coaching points. Reps and sets are determined by what you are trying to do by reverse sledding. See 5 Benefits of Sled Training for more info.

Reverse Hill



  • This is the most basic progression
  • Small slow steps (heel to toe)
  • Push through the big toe



  • Once the small slow steps become easy you can speed up the steps for more intensity
  • Progress forward by taking larger steps until you are essentially bounding back up the hill

Car Pushes



  • Very simple, find an empty road or parking lot
  • Make sure the area is flat
  • Use the parking brake to increase resistance
  • Always have someone in the car at all times

Deadmill



  • Leave the treadmill off
  • Focus on increasing speed to add intensity.
  • Sets of 30 to 45 seconds for maximum speed is a good starting point
  • Try different treadmills, they all have different levels of resistance

Creative Examples


Here are a few creative examples of how our athletes used what was available to them, in the gym, or outside of it.







If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! Also, if you have other ideas of how we can sled without the gym please send them to me!

Add reverse sled into your routine today!

Related


Thank you for reading, 
Matt

Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 204 891 6851








Note:
The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Eliminate Shin Splints with 2 Exercises (That you haven't heard of)



Eliminate Shin Splints while creating World-Class Ankles, Resistant to Injury and Pain by Carving out Mobility within the Ankle Joint and Strengthening the Shin.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (AKA Shin Splints) are often falsely treated at as an overuse injury that you simply need to rest, manage or live with.

Please take 2 minutes and it could save you time, money and pain while improving performance!

This article will teach you the theory as well as how to implement Weighted Ankle Rotations and Tibialis Raises. 


Weighted Ankle Rotations




Weighted Ankle Rotations Set Up


Tibialis Raise




The fundamental approach to this unique ankle exercise is Strength through Length. Read more on this approach and How to Create Lasting Mobility 👈

Implementation

Both of these exercises can be done alongside any other training program, or in season! Use as needed, however, I have found the best results when adding these exercises to my routine twice per week. 

(1-3 times/week)

Tibialis Raise 
Start by leaning against a wall, and simply raise your toes up as high as possible towards the ceiling. You want to squeeze the muscle. The movements should be slow and controlled, as seen in the demo video!

3x15-20 (single leg if needed)

Weighted Ankle Rotations
For this exercise, you need a weight of some kind (a dumbbell works great) and a strip of Theraband (less than 10$). Most gyms will have something you can use! Simply strap the weight as seen in the video. It is important that you start light! You want to feel a burn, not be struggling to control the weight!

3x10/leg

Theory

You might think you can take care of your ankles by simply stretching out your calves and do calf raises. This is the general approach most people (including me) get exposed to if you sprain an ankle or have problems such as Shin Splints. Often even this is neglected within programs!

There are a couple problems with this:

  1. This does not address the muscles responsible for ankle Dorsi-Flexion. (Tibialis Anterior, EHL, EDL, Peroneus Tertius) 
  2. This does not strengthen the Tendons and Ligaments within the ankle.

Training the calves without the antagonist muscles (Tibialis Anterior) will cause a muscle imbalance. This results in pain and overuse of the muscles in the shin (Shin Splints). 

But what if I don't have pain or shin splints?

Balanced muscle groups will always allow for greater performance of BOTH opposing muscles. If one side is weak, your body will inhibit the force a stronger muscle is able to produce, in order to reduce the chance of injury.

Your body is smart!!

Send this article to someone you know who suffers from shin splints or sore, tired feet! 

Thank you for reading,
Matt


Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 204 891 6851


References




Note:

The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

5 Benefits of Sled Training


A Sled is a versatile tool that can make you Stronger, more Powerful while making you Healthier!


Here are 5 benefits to sled training, each with its own routine.
I have made each routine very simple and easy to follow. There are only 3 exercises to learn!
These routines can be added into your training schedule, or be done in season. Much of what I learned about sled training came from Ben Patrick, check him out for more info!


Before we dive in let me point out 3 keys to remember when Sled Training

  • Push through the feet, toes
  • Maintain core stability
  • Do not train through pain

1) Build up Tendons and Ligaments 

    This is done by stimulating the structure in a healthy way. Tendons break down due to:
    - Ageing
    - Reduced blood flow
    - Overuse
    - Direct trauma

    Sled training is unique in that it will not allow you to do the exercise with a load that is too heavy since you will not be able to move it. 
    The routine will focus on high volume, with the load being increased as needed.
    Tendons and ligaments do not receive the same blood flow as muscles, use the sled to drive as much blood as possible into the tendons and ligaments.
    Sled work increases isometric and concentric strength of muscles. When your muscles are loaded the connected tendons are also stimulated to strengthen. 
    We use this method to strengthen athletes joints, see How to Cure Knee Pain

    Goal: 

    Push as much weight as possible for the required distance. Avoid Pain!

    Dosage: 
    Up to 6 days per week 

    Routine:

    Bear Crawl - 2 minutes 
    - Go as far as you can

    Sled Drive - 4x50 meters
    - Focus on lengthening steps

    Reverse Sled - 4x50 meters 
    - Focus on shorter quicker steps

    ⬇️A great way to complete the routine is to superset the two exercises see here⬇️




2) Conditioning


    The low impact and lack of eccentric phase make sled work a great way to improve conditioning.
    When working to improve conditioning (for court sports especially), fatigue and overuse injuries can be a problem. 
    If I were coaching a team I would actually try to reduce the amount of running my team would do as much as possible. Instead, I would use a sled to condition them. 
    Athletes in a season already run in games and practices. There is no need to make them run hundreds as lines as well. 


    Goal: Complete the distance with as little sets as possible, before focusing on increasing load.


    Dosage: 

    3-4 days per week

    Routine:

    Bear Crawl - 2 minutes 
    -Go as far as you can

    Forward Sled - x200 meters 
    - In as few sets as possible
    - Long steps
    Reverse Sled - x200 meters 
    - In as few sets as possible
    - Small, quick steps

3) Active Recovery (Or Warm-Up)

    The reality is that the most effective ways to recover will always be sleep and nutrition

    Active recovery is more effective than many of the common recovery methods you might be using such as foam rolling, icing, heating and many others. These methods are all designed to stimulate blood flow to the muscles. Read more here from PJF Performance (NBA Trainer) on recovery.
    Active Recovery increases blood flow better than all of these methods. It also does not numb the area to pain like icing or hurt like foam rolling often does (I have always found it difficult to consistently foam roll as it involves pain and discomfort).
    Pushing or pulling a sled does not have an eccentric phase. The eccentric phase of an exercise is the lengthening of the muscle while being under load. This is when micro-tears to the muscle happen, casing soreness following activity. The sled only has an isometric and concentric phase so it will not make you sore the next day!

    Goal: Complete the routine, without exhausting the muscles. Increase blood flow.

    Dosage: 

    Following intense activity

    Routine:


    Bear Crawl - 2 minutes 
    - Go as far as you can

    Forward Sled - x200 meters 
    - In as few sets as possible
    - Long Steps
    Reverse Sled - x200 meters 
    - In as few sets as possible
    - Short, quick steps

4) Power Development


    For power, we want low volume, paired with high intensity. To increase maximum power you want to be well-rested in between sets, allowing for each rep to be done with maximum effort. We aren't as focused on the length of your strides so much as just moving the sled as fast as possible
    You want to use a weight that is heavy enough that is challenging, but that you can still move with some speed.

    Goal: Move the sled as fast as possible. Use an appropriate load. We want long explosive strides.


    Dosage: 

    1-2 times per week

    Routine:


    Bear Crawl - 2 minutes 
    - Go as far as you can

    Forward Sled Sprint- 3x10 meters 
    - Allow for full recovery in between each set
    - Max Speed
    Reverse Sled Sprint - 3x10 meters 
    - Allow for full recovery in between each set
    - Max Speed
    * This routine is a great lead up for max sprints *



5) Strength


    Strength can be improved similar to power. Although your focus is not to move the sled as quickly as possible. You want to have lots of rest with minimal volume but work up to pushing the sled with as much added load as possible.

    Goal: Move as much weight as possible for the required distance. Increase the load as needed.


    Dosage:
    1-2 times per week


    Routine:

    Bear Crawl - 2 minutes
    - Go as far as you can

    Forward Sled Sprint - 5x10 meters
    - Allow for full recovery in between each set

    Reverse Sled Sprint- 5x10 meters
    - Allow for full recovery in between each set


    Add any variation of this routine into your training today!


    Final Thought

    The sled is versatile because it can mimic walking up or down slopes with added resistance. Humans evolved walking on uneven terrain. The shoes we wear now, along with the flat hard ground are allowing our feet, lower legs and knees to be weak! Read more here

    Stay tuned. I will be posting information on how to get the same effect as a sled, without any equipment!
    How will you use sled training into your routine?

    Thank you for reading
    Matt

Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 204 891 6851







References: Read and learn more on Sled Training at the following links



Note:
The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stretching is Overrated! - Create Lasting Mobility


Yes, you read that title right.

Let's start by going through a quick checklist:

Do you/Have you...

  • Feel tight or muscle-bound?
  • Had injury-prone joints?
  • Had pain or weakness in certain positions?
  • Feel like you can't live without a foam roller?
  • Heard someone say(or have said) "You can't be super strong and mobile"?
If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions (especially the last one) then this article is for you! (I can't remember a person who answered "no" to all of these)

Don't play yourself and be the person who sticks to the same routine expecting different results...


Before we dive in, it's important to remember that context matters with flexibility, mobility and training. I challenge you to be open-minded, you have at some point most likely been given some information regarding mobility, flexibility and strength that is only half true.


This article will teach you (4-6 min read):

  • The difference between flexibility and mobility
  • Answers to common questions or debates regarding flexibility
  • The benefits of increasing your functional range of motion
  • How to create lasting mobility
  • How to apply the concepts you will learn to your sport


The difference between flexibility and mobility

I want to start by clearly defining the difference between the two.

Flexibility refers to the ability a muscle has to lengthen. The more a muscle can lengthen, the more flexible the structure is.

Mobility refers to the range of motion of a joint. The more freely a joint can move through its range of motion (ROM), the more mobile the structure is.

In short, flexibility refers to muscles, and mobility refers to joints.

In the world of sports and performance, we want shorter stiffer muscles that are more explosive and can produce more power. We want more mobility as it reduces the chance of injury and improves performance.

Mobility is enabled from muscles that are strong through their ROM. This takes the pressure off of the joints,  allowing them to move freely.

You gain access to mobility through stability in each position. For example; getting lower to the ground during activity.

"Should I stretch before or after (or both) activity?"

You might have heard that it is counterproductive to static stretch before a competition. This is true. Current studies today show that static stretching can reduce peak power by up to 30%. 

I would go as far as saying that static stretching should not only be avoided pre-workout/competition but after as well!

Conventional stretching can provide temporary relief of feeling of tightness, but you will soon feel tight again.

I am not saying you should never stretch post-competition, but it is important to realize that it should not be used as a means to improve mobility. Intensive static stretching following heavy lifting can lead to muscle damage.

So how does that work?

For this concept to be better understood, I want you to think about your muscles like an elastic band.
Imagine what would happen if we take an elastic band, stretch it out to its full capacity and hold it there for an extended period?



The band will eventually lose some of its strength to recoil or snap. As athletes (or anyone wanting to be stronger) we do not want longer, looser muscles that cannot produce optimal power.
Instead, we want shorter muscles that can produce high amounts of power quickly through their full range of motion.

So what does this mean?

Static stretching is essentially forcing your muscles into positions they do not want to be in. Flexibility without strength can actually increase the chance of catastrophic injury because the athlete will not be able to stabilize their joints.


So, then why is more mobility beneficial?

There are two reasons:

1) Injury Prevention


Having proper mobility within your joints allows your body to properly balance the forces travelling through it.


A common example of this is poor ankle mobility. Having poor ankle mobility does not allow for the structure to absorb the force it needs to. The force is then absorbed through the next closest structure, the knees. This often leads to knee problems such as tendonitis, degenerative tendons, cartilage or sometimes torn ligaments/tendons.


2) Increased Performance


Increased Mobility = Greater Range of Motion = More Functional Range for Power Production

To understand this concept better, let's revisit the elastic band example...

Take one band and stretch it back 10% of how far it can stretch.

Then, take the same band and stretch it back 90%. Which one will fly a greater distance?
The one you stretched further (more potential energy) will 100% of the time.

Take a look at the world record standing box jump. He squats all the way down to produce the most amount of force. He can produce force in his end ranges of motion.





While this is an extreme example, the point is that an athlete can be mobile and powerful at the same time. 

You earn positions which require more mobility, through improving stability at that position. You need to earn your positions!




How do I create lasting mobility?


The most effective way is to train for Strength through Length. 

Train your muscles to be strong at their end ranges of motion. Start with a light weight, or body weight and control the load on the way down, allowing the load to pull you deeper into the stretch. Then, contract the muscle, lifting the weight back to the original position. These loaded stretches will strengthen the muscles while providing more mobility within the joint.

Why is this the case?

Let's think for a moment...
Your body is an amazing machine that can adapt itself to perform, but also to protect itself.
If you have ever had a pulled muscle, you know that the affected muscle will become tight. This is to protect the structure from further damage.

So...

When muscles are weak in certain ranges, the same thing happens. They tighten up to protect themselves, restricting the range of motion of the joint. Once you create the strength needed to safely control loads in end ranges, you will see your muscles loosen up and your joints will move freely as they are protected by the strengthened muscles.


So what can you do?

Now that you are educated, let's look at four specific exercises that can lead to greater lower body mobility.

Check our Instagram page here to see more

Elevated Heel Squat - Hips, Quads, Ankles 

Instagram Post & Write Up




Seated Goodmorning - Hips, Groin 

Instagram Post & Write Up





ATG Split Squat - Hips, Knees, Ankles 

Instagram Post & Write Up





Jefferson Curl - Posterior Chain 

Instagram Post & Write Up




How does all of this transfer to my sport?


Well, this is quite a simple answer. When training for a specific sport, we want to strengthen and lengthen until our body is strong through all the positions our body might end up within your sport.


Therefore, I do not believe that it is beneficial to be able to perform the splits as a basketball player, although a dancer or hockey goalie might need to be able to.




This doesn't mean that it's counterproductive to be able to do splits as a basketball player, as long as that range has been achieved through proper strengthening.

Thank you for taking the time to read until the end. If you know someone who could benefit from this information please share!
As always, questions are encouraged. I recommend you send me videos of you performing the exercises above for me to coach your form!

Let's get to work,

Matt Koenig




Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 204 891 6851












Note:
The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.










Monday, September 2, 2019

How to Cure Knee Pain - Bulletproof Knees

Learn how to Cure your knee pain for good.



In this article, you will learn


- What is tendonitis (jumpers knee)
- What causes tendonitis and chronic knee pain
- How to treat your symptoms and ultimately cure your condition
- How to maintain healthy knees moving forward


Many of you who have dealt with knee pain in the past or are currently suffering will be able to relate with my frustration with the information that is out there.
The common answer you have been told when dealing with knee pain is often:

- Rest 
- Ice
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretching (sometimes)
Go ahead and google it here

The problem with this approach is that it just focuses on treating the symptoms, rather than actually curing the condition. 

Rest alone will not solve the problem. If you return to activity without addressing the damage and weakness of the structure, your pain will return. 

Stretching does not stimulate the tendon to grow stronger.

Understanding  "What is tendonitis and what causes it?" will help you understand what your body needs.


Disclaimer:

This article is not for treating acute injuries which involve structural damage. Always see a doctor to properly diagnose the issue first.


What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis occurs when a tendon is subjected to high amounts of trauma and becomes inflamed and weakened. The fibres in the tendon become messy instead of smooth and linear. This causes pain, discomfort and weakness. Tendons do not have the same anatomy as muscles and do not receive as much blood flow. 




What causes Chronic Knee Pain and Tendonitis?


I will keep this as easy to understand and as brief as possible. There are a few main causes of tendonitis in the knee. See below.

  1. Poor Biomechanics - Tightness in certain joints such as the ankles, knees and hips, can place the body into positions that disproportionately add more force on the knee. This added stress can lead to overuse and ultimately tendonitis.
  2. Muscle Tightness/Imbalances - Tightness in your muscles in the lower body, or muscle imbalances (certain muscles much stronger/weaker than others) places more force on the tendons, rather than your muscles. This causes overuse of the structure leading to tendonitis.
  3. Overtraining - This might be the most common cause of tendonitis especially in young people. If you are not allowing for adequate rest, your tendons will slowly become broken down, weakened and inflamed.

How to Cure Tendonitis in the Knees.


Here is what you can do to begin improving the health of your knees. It is very important when rehabilitating or training to NEVER TRAIN THROUGH PAIN. I cannot stress this enough. It is entirely counterproductive to train through pain. 
Keep in mind that everyone is at a different stage of tendonitis. Some of you might have debilitating pain, some might not have and pain at all until you train or compete. You need to listen to your body and find the proper balance of rest and rehabilitation. There are levels to this!




Phase 1


Rest - This one is easy, rest! It is important to allow the area to settle down. It might take a couple days or a couple weeks until the pain has subsided enough to begin rehab. Some of you might be able to skip this step and move right into phase 2 if you can perform the movements pain-free!

Stop Overtraining - This is similar to "Rest". You need to stop the activity that is causing the overuse. This can be hard for us athletes to do but if you want to reach 100% again and ultimately reach your athletic peak, you cannot do this with compromised knees! It is important to move through phase 1 and 2 before returning to competition. RESIST!

Phase 2


Mobilize and strengthen surrounding muscles and tendons - Common practice is to stretch out your hamstrings, calves, glutes and quadriceps muscles. while this is a short term remedy and might alleviate some of the pain, static stretching is simply not going to provide lasting results. Stay tuned for a future article on how to create lasting mobility.  Below is a routine that will mobilize your joints, strengthen your muscles and build healthier tendons. 

This routine will focus on:

  • Strengthening the surrounding muscles
  • Creating lasting mobility in your joints
  • Strengthening end ranges of motion (strength through length)
  • Pumping as much blood into the area to stimulate growth and recovery (tendons have poor blood flow!)

*Repeat each day at least 2 days each week. Continue to repeat until you are pain-free!*

Day 1


Reverse Sled / Uphill Backpedal / Deadmill - 200 meters
Reverse Step Up - 3 sets of 20/leg
Quad Stretch - 3 sets of 30sec/leg

Day 2


Reverse Sled / Uphill Backpedal / Deadmill - 200 meters
Jefferson Curl - 3 sets of 10-12



Phase 3


Maintenance - Perform this routine once you are pain-free! Add this into your regular strength training routine!
Important: Even though you are pain-free, your tendons are not fully healed yet. If you stop doing the exercises or you return to competition, you will eventually be back where you started!



Day 1



Reverse Sled / Uphill Backpedal / Deadmill - 200 meters
Reverse Step Up - 3 sets of 20/leg
Tibialis Raise - 3 sets of 20
(Single Leg) Calf Raise - 3 sets of 20


Day 2



Reverse Sled / Uphill Backpedal / Deadmill - 200 meters
Jefferson Curl - 3 sets of 10-12
Nordic Hamstring Curl - 3 sets of 8-10



Day 3


Reverse Sled / Uphill Backpedal / Deadmill - 200 meters

Cable Curl - 3 sets of 10-12/leg
ATG Split Squat - 3 sets of 20



Day 4


Reverse Sled / Uphill Backpedal / Deadmill - 200 meters

Sissy Squat Progressions / Sissy Squat Advanced  - 3 sets of 20
Tibialis Raise - 3 sets of 20
(Single Leg) Calf Raise - 3 sets of 20




Please share with someone struggling with their knees. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments you might have. I love questions! I encourage you all to send in videos to me of yourself so that I can coach your form.



Thank you for reading,



Matt Koenig




Email: koenig.matthew546@gmail.com
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Note:
The information above is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, it is always better to see your doctor before starting any type of rehabilitation to ensure you are properly diagnosed.