by Dana Cavalea September 06, 2017

TRAINING YOUR LOWER BODY TO MAXIMIZE GAINS AND REDUCE THE PAINS!

How many people judge the effectiveness of a lower body workout by the dilation, fatigue, sweat, and pounds lifted?

What if I told you those are to be considered, but should be a part of a strong progression!

The better your progression and quality of execution, the better your results!

I am not sure if you guys remember a few years ago when AROD needed hip surgery, but one of the key indicators outside of pain that we looked for was LOWER BODY STABILITY.

Now, many Pro Athletes because of their extreme ability to adapt and compensate are strong as an OX, but when you really peel back their layers, you start to see the broken foundation.

We would ask him to stand on one leg and balance, he would show success. We would ask him to then stand on one leg and balance while reaching the other outward, he would show success.

When we asked him to do a 1/4 squat on one leg, boom, EXPOSED!

He was strong in a low level position but showed his weakness during dynamic movements that forced loading of his hip. Immediately he wanted to put his hands on his thigh to create a form of "synthetic stability" in order to keep his leg stable.

Once we saw this, we knew even before surgery he would need to stabilize his leg, get his glute working, and achieve this dynamic strength/ balance/ and stability if he wanted to expedite his rehab and get back on the field.

How many of you are tremendous when it comes to weights lifted via squatting, leg press, leg extensions but would show immediate weakness upon single leg training?

Probably many. I have seen it amongst all populations, from Hercules types to the 90 year old Florida Retiree.

Give it a shot! Check out todays video for a basic progression you can use to bring lower body stability back into your life, reduce injury risk (falls, muscle pulls, back issues), and improve your strength over time in everything else you do!
#trainlikeapro

Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!


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