A good house always has a solid foundation. We believe in building a solid foundation by mastering five strength movements. By mastering these basics, we lay the foundation for more complicated lifts, injury prevention and above all else, LIFE! Because isn’t fitness about creating a more adventurous life?
Over the last five weeks we have shared with you the principles of how we build a client up, and build the foundation. Each training session with our clients always includes all or most of the 5 Pillars, in some form or variation:
Pushing movements focus on the muscles on the front of the upper body. Learning pushing movements will help with learning scapular control and stability (shoulder girdle). When you have great shoulder stability and strength, you can progress to more complicated lifts and prevent injury. Pushing movements come in two forms – vertical and horizontal.
The most popular and basic of all pushing movements is the push-up. Other more popular pushing movements include shoulder press and bench press. We build clients up by starting clients with an elevated push up to teach shoulder and core control, as well as the landmine for a controlled range of motion for shoulder pressing.
To add more challenge, we eventually progress a client to using kettlebells because there is more demand for stability and they are just fun!
Pushing Options (Based on Needs from Assessment)
Torso Elevated Push Up (Horizontal)
Dumbbell Bench Press (Horizontal)
Landmine Shoulder Press (Vertical)
Bottoms Up Kettlebell Press (Vertical)
We also progress to single arm variations, based on ability.
Be sure to try to include both a vertical and horizontal pushing movement in your training program.