FOLLOW THE RULES….

FOLLOW the RULES!

If I hear one more gym “expert” break down form on what they consider a bad exercise, I will literally have a heart attack.

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These people know the basics and stick to them because that’s safe and it’s all they understand.

“A proper lunge is done ONLY this way. Squats MUST go this deep. You’re NOT locking out. You ARE locking out. Etc, etc…”

Ugh.

When Mr. Lunge developed his famous exercise, I didn’t realize he had done an assessment on every single person with every existing condition.

These exercises can and SHOULD be modified to meet client ability AND objective.

A squat for someone rehabbing a hip will look different from a powerlifters squat.

A lunge that is attempting to improve hip extension will have an exerciser flexing forward before coming up (a huge no-no in the “experts” book)
Nonetheless, this is a hugely effective way of improving hip strength while moving.

A barbell hip hinge with limited range may look like a deadlift gone wrong, but for someone with a disc injury, it’s the ONLY plausible way of loading the posterior chain while standing.

Moral of the story, use human MOVEMENT to improve yourself (or client) not “by the book” exercises designed for the faceless masses.

Please, break the rules now and then. Prescribed form for everyBODY doesn’t work, and FOLLOWING the rules sometimes has consequences.

Matt Pirtle MA CES CSCS

It’s Your Turn. Emerge.

 

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