I’m nearing the middle of my two week break from school, and as life finally calmed down for me, I ended up catching a cold, so I thought I’d throw together a post with my free time considering it’s been a while. As you should (hopefully) know by now, SMRT reads is a collection of videos and posts I’ve come across recently, with some of my opinion thrown into the mix. I hope there’s always some food-for-thought in these posts for you all to digest.
My most recent article was about creating torque at the hips to improve pelvic floor health. Shortly thereafter, CrossFit posted a video on working out hard and its ability to cause some folks (mostly aimed at women, but pelvic floor disorders for men are very real) to pee themselves. Some of the therapists I follow responded with some knowledge bombs, so I wanted to share them with you:
Pelvic floor issues shouldn’t be taken lightly. I recently attended a Postural Restoration Institute – Pelvis Restoration course, and restoring the pelvic floor is definitely multifaceted. If you have any issues with your pelvic floor, I recommend trying to find a practitioner in your area.
Quick update: After hitting publish, I came across a PDF on some PRI research. Check it out here (PDF) – CLICK.
Continuing with the torque theme, here’s some interesting videos and posts related to creating torque at the glenohumeral joint – aka the shoulder. I’ve been playing with the exercise at the end of the video by Dr. Spina. It’s been interesting, to say the least. And by interesting, I mean difficult. I’ve used the scapular control exercise on the the lat pulldown machine with clients who wouldn’t be able to perform the exercise hanging from a bar.
Remember, this is to help with pressing, because pressing exercises catch the most flack for damaging such a vulnerable joint, so here are a couple of good posts by Tony Gentilcore:
And from my growing man-crush, Jim Wendler – Shoulder Rehab, Wendler Style
I think it’s time for some 5/3/1 overhead press.