Jenga of Joints

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Study Design: A biomechanical lumbar spine model was constructed to simulate three-dimensional spinal kinematics under the application of pure moments. Parametric analysis of the model allowed for the estimation of how much of the coupled motions could be predicted by the lumbar lordosis and the intrinsic mechanical properties of the spine.

Morning research is always an interesting as it manages not be infected by lame viral videos polluting the athletic performance enhancement community. I forwarded my workouts to a fellow track coach the other day as we were looking to see what others did regarding the core. This goes back to circuits and program design. Are we creating good software? What is good design? Paul Graham shares what bad design could be with :

If you think you’re designing something for idiots, the odds are that you’re not designing something good, even for idiots.

So where are we going? Core training and back/front squats are tests your program. What is your spinal strength? Gravity works vertically through the spine, so dropping the squats is the same as removing a wooden jenga block in your program. You can take it out but is the program better or just staying up and hanging in the balance? With the RFESS debate getting some good discussion with some JPFitness members over HERE, it is clear that we just need to stay away from the marketing and keep with those that are getting results without bias. How strong is your core?
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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