Friday 160115

5 rounds for time:
40 (30) Calories on the rower
20 Burpee toes to bar

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Lisa getting after some Back Squats!! Everyone showed great mental fortitude yesterday!

Lisa getting after some Back Squats!! Everyone showed great mental fortitude yesterday!

 

The SAFETY SQUAT BAR- An under-utilized piece of equipment  (Anna Mattson)

One of the many, many advantages of working out at Verve is the variety of equipment we have on hand.  One piece of equipment that we have that you don’t see often unless you may have had an injury, is the Safety Squat bar (SSb).  Given some of the feedback we have had recently about some lower back and/or shoulder pain, I thought I would include a video on when and how to use the SSb courtesy of Charles Poliquin’s blog, Strength Sensei (see full article here)

  • The main advantage of this bar is for people with lower back pain is that it brings the centre of mass further down
  • It allows you to keep a good upright back posture
  • With the centre of mass being lower than when using a regular bar, there is less stress on the L5 vertebrae, which means that this squat method is a viable alternative for people that have lower back pain
  • Some of the stress is taken away from the lower back, and the exercise is more comfortable, yet still challenging

In the video, they focus on the SSb and its help with lower back pain.  Realize that the SSb is also beneficial if you are having shoulder issues.  If pulling your arms back to the barbell when you back squat causes pain or numbness in your shoulders, elbows, or wrists, the SSb is a great option.  If you are not sure how to use it or when to incorporate it, talk to a trainer and we can show you!

 

 

 

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