Stand-on-the-Band Kettlebell Swing

Stand-on-the-Band Kettlebell Swing

This is an advanced level kettlebell swing that will help take your hip thrusting power to the next level.

WHO SHOULD USE THIS EXERCISE?

Gym rats working at an intermediate-advanced level that have already mastered the standard swing. Females should be able to swing a minimum of 16kg for ten repetitions, and males 24kg, without a resistance band, before moving on to this exercise.

WHICH MUSCLE GROUPS DOES A KETTLE BELL SWING WORK?

  • Hamstrings
  • Gluteus Maximus

KEY POINTS:

  • Keep your chest high, ass out, and core tight
  • Hold the kettle bell by the handle with both hands
  • Thrust your hips to swing the kettle bell towards the ceiling
  • Keep your bodyweight on your heels

 

Stand-on-the-Band DB Goblet Squat

Stand-on-the-Band DB Goblet Squat

This is a cool lil’ hack for goblet squats! If you’re training at home with minimal equipment and find it difficult to increase your resistance when squatting, then here’s a nifty way around it.

WHO SHOULD USE THIS EXERCISE?

If you’ve been training for at least a few months at least and have advance past the functional stage, then this is for you.

TARGETTED MUSCLES:

  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Hamstrings
  • Quadriceps

KEY POINTS:

  • Loop the band around your feet, so that you are standing on it
  • The dumbbell should be under both straps of the resistance band
  • Squat down, and twist the dumbbell into a goblet position in front of your chest, in order to get into the starting position
  • Keep your chest high, back straight & core tight
  • Squat ass-to-the-grass, using full range of motion
  • Drive your heels through the floor when ascending

 

Butterfly Hip Thrusters: Glute Activation

Butterfly Hip Thrusters: Glute Activation

WHAT IS GLUTE ACTIVATION?

Glute activation is a process that encourages an exertion of force from the gluteus muscle group that is strong enough to dominate lower body movements as opposed to other muscles, such as the quadriceps, or lower back. If your glutes are firing off properly then you can improve mobility & posture, eliminate migraines, lower & upper back pain, improve eye sight, speed, strength, agility, as well as many other things.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY GLUTES ARE ACTIVATED?

I recommend taking part in this mobility screening to find out exactly what is going on for sure: https://immortal-training.com

WHO SHOULD USE THIS EXERCISE?

I highly recommend this exercise whether you are male, female, young, or old!

The focus is on gluteus medius, which is responsible for abducting the leg while rotating the femur outwards (i.e. – pulling the leg away from the body). This will help stabilise the hips and knees during big movements such as squats and dead lifts.

One of the main benefits is that the muscles in the hip flexor and adductor areas (in the groin area and inner thighs) will be stretched while the glutes tighten, which will help realign the pelvis into a more ideal position. If bootybuilding is what you are in need of then this move is a necessity!

I have used this exercise on clients for years and, along with a few other movements, have seen it turn flat bums into perky, round ones.

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Box Squats: How to Advance

Box Squats: How to Advance

The video below explains how to correctly perform and advance the box squat, so that you can eventually squat with perfect form.

WHO SHOULD USE THIS EXERCISE?

Beginners who lack the ideal bio-mechanics for squatting ass-to-the-grass. This could be down to poor glute activation, tight hip flexors, tight hamstrings, bad posture, other issues, or a combination of several factors. To find out more about your overall bio-mechanics you should take part in this mobility test first: https://immortal-training.com/overhead-squat-test/

HOW DO BOX SQUATS WORK?

Box Squats will enable you to slowly increase your squat depth over time without a high risk of injury. The movement can also trick the brain into aligning the pelvis and lumbar into the correct position during your descent. Something about having a target to aim your posterior towards makes this possible. Over time your neurological motor map will change. Thus retraining not only your body, but also your mind, to squat safely and correctly.

HOW TO PERFORM

Main Muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Hamstrings, Quadriceps

Key Points:

  • Keep your chest up, back straight & ass out
  • Hold a stick on the back of your shoulders
  • Stand with feet just outside of shoulder width, toes slightly pointed out
  • Squat down to the box, sit back slightly and drive yourself back up through the heels

 

Home Workout for Legs & Back – Train Along!

Home Workout for Legs & Back – Train Along!

This home workout for legs and back is based on High Intensity Interval Training in order to maximize fat burning and muscle gain potential, as much as possible within a short space of time.

Watch the video below to train along with me!

SHOULD I WARM-UP BEFORE TRAINING?

Go here for my suggested warm-ups: https://youtu.be/JFdvISOXmY4

WHAT WILL I NEED?

  • 2 resistance bands (preferably light and medium/heavy)
  • 1 old pair of sweat pants
  • stop watch

Let’s get started!

HIIT 1:

  • Resistance Band Dead Lift
  • 1 min interval
  • 1 min rest
  • 3 sets

 

HIIT 2:

  • Stand-in-the-Band Squat
  • 1 min interval
  • 1 min rest
  • 3 sets

 

HIIT 3:

  • Single Leg Resistance Band Dead Lift
  • 30 second interval on each leg
  • 1 min rest
  • 3 sets

 

HIIT 4:

  • Resistance Band Pull Down
  • 45 second interval
  • Jump Squats
  • 45 second interal
  • 1 min rest
  • 5 sets

 

 

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