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Dead Bug Exercise Variations

Dead Bug Exercise Variations Dead Bugs are one of our favorite core stability exercises that we use here at Fenton Fitness.  This can be one of our first exercises used with a deconditioned client, post rehab client, etc.  It can also be progressed for even the most advanced trainee.  If you can lie on your back (which almost everyone can), you can do some form of dead bug.  Dead Bugs work the anterior core by resisting extension in the lumbar spine (low back) and teach you to stabilize your ribs and pelvis.  This is a vital function of the core both for performance (walking, sprinting, jumping, throwing) and for injury reduction.  You use the opposite arm/leg like you would when…

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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 4

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 4 One Leg Romanian Deadlift About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the back of parking lots, walk or ride a…

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Mantis Maker

Mantis Maker When we crawl, walk, and run, our limbs work in a reciprocal pattern to propel us through space. The muscles in the middle of the body conduct force from the hip to the opposite side shoulder. Unfortunately, age, injury, and sedentary lifestyle can hamper control of reciprocal limb movement. If you lose this primal movement pattern, then posture, movement efficiency and respiration become impaired. Performing the mobility stick dead bug on a regular basis will restore reciprocal movement, normalize posture, and resolve pain. Mobility Stick Dead Bug Lie supine on the floor. Lift the legs up to 90 plus degrees hip flexion with the knees bent to 90 plus degrees. Place a short mobility stick between the right…

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