The Bench Press is possibly the most popular exercise in the gym world. It is commonly know to train your chest and triceps, and nearly always done on a monday. Common pain associated with benching is shoulder and wrist. People that currently have back pain will also feel this pain in their lower backs (no kidding). But what if you didn't need to feel all this pain? The fix is rather simple, but will take a little effort on your part. All of this pain could be avoided with a little deeper understanding of joint positioning and joint centration. For the sake of time, I will be specifically addressing the issue of lower back pain during the bench press.
This should be you when you lift!
The hardest part about growing a small business and being busy is trying to stay up to date with everything that is involved. For those of you that haven’t noticed, no articles have been written and published for the past few months. It’s been so long that I had to remind Melissa how to log on to the website! But with that being said, we have some exciting news at 1RM.... but you are going to have to wait (if you really want to skip what's been happening the past few months, just scroll to the bottom of this page).
Goals and Motivation
At 27 years old, I am currently training to bench 450, have a 10 foot standing broad jump, have a 62 inch box jump, squat 500 lbs, and dead lift 600. Melissa is training to make the pro beach volleyball tour, touch 9’8”, and bench 135 lbs. Chris Gibson wants to bench 350 and lose 20 lbs, Brett Vulgar wants to have a 60 inch box jump, Krista Morrison wants to squat 170 lbs 10x, and Justin Page wants to throw 90 mph. Why am I telling you this? It holds these people accountable for their goals. Why do I care about goals? They keep me motivated as a strength coach and a person.
Muscle soreness results from mechanical damage to the muscle and biomechanical changes within muscle tissue. It's characterized by inflammation, pain, swelling, soreness, stiffness, and markers of muscle damage such as Creatine Kinase (CK) and Lactase Dehydrogenase (LDH). (NSCA)
(Bobby and one of his athetes repping our new T's.)
How to improve shoulder Function
This is a fairly typical coversation I have with random athletes in passing:
Me: “How Is your shoulder feeling?”
Random athlete: “Ah not that good, I haven’t been doing my foam rolling and stretches.”
Me: Insert shocked face/are you kidding me face here.
How do you improve your posture while sprinting? This is a common question and problem seen more and more with young athletes. Running with poor posture hinders an athlete’s ability to generate and apply force efficiently throughout their bodies; ultimately robbing them of speed and power. Correcting this issue is a little more complicated than it might seem.
Evaluating an athlete is much more than just testing their vertical and pro-agility. At 1RM Performance, we have a very detailed way of evaluating our athletes. In 1 hour, we can figure out if an athlete has imbalances, mobility issues, strength issues, power issues or speed issues. Is it the best way of judging an athletes's abilities? I can't say 100% yes, but we have figured out a pretty sweet way to take our athletes to the next level and have concrete numbers to show their gains.
How do you best improve your sport spefic speed? How can an athlete look flawless in speed and agility drills, but look terrible when he or she is in a game time situation? The answer is simple, their brains!
What is life really like as a strength coach? Imagine, being judged everyday of your life. Imagine having coaches, parents, and athletes placing their future career in your hands. With so many eyes on you, you are given a platform to create a monster, be a role model, create bonds and relationships that will last forever, and improve a kids character and work ethic. Personally, I don't think I was meant to be anything else in life! This article is meant to give you an inside look at the hours spent working with athletes.