Today we have quite an interesting variation to the much "loved" push-up. It has three points of instability, and just as the standard push-up has strong core involvement, this version has twice that need. When viewed realistically, the push-up is merely a more inclusive progression of the plank/hover. It should be noted at this point, that the exercises presented in this series are not necessarily offered as options for readers/viewers to perform, but more as general information as to what innovative lengths certain standards can be taken, and how core training needs to challenge participants beyond existing one-dimensional comfort levels.
Clearly, prior to attempting this move on the two forward placed/upper body medicine balls, this movement should be perfected to the stable floor/ground position. While as a dedicated strength & fitness enthusiast I enjoy and embrace a strong "willingness to fail", safety and natural progression/adaptation is uppermost in all my training concepts and techniques. For that reason, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to make contact. I am always happy to discuss ideas that I put forward, and which I have now been practicing for almost a decade.
This week we will look at the Calf Raise/Hamstrings Stretch. A multi-faceted exercise, which once you have studied the Bodii system, you will come to understand as a complex movement, where it’s vital inclusions and progressions are quite possibly the most important in the entire Bodii range, especially in terms of its applications to modern sporting adaptations, and their resultant benefits.
There are various ways to mount the forward ball, and many ball size variations and combinations. In the demonstrated video I have chosen to jump onto the 25cm medicine-ball. Once settled into this position, which has two points of specific instability (and here I remind readers/viewers that ALL Bodii exercises have at least one point of instability) the basic Calf Raise action is completed. However, and this is critical to the exercise and its dominant purpose, it is the eccentric contraction which has greatest importance. Why is this the case? Because in the traditional approach to strength movements, it is the concentric contraction which gains most attention. In Bodii, the principle objective is not to gain mass per se, but to gain functional strength, through elongated range, with total inclusion of the participant’s core strength/stability centres, and also with full regard for individual ability to maintain sound postural considerations. In this exercise, and consequently all it’s variations and progressions, it is entirely about the posterior chain, from Achilles to Cervical curve, and the very important effect this unified system has on the potential of exercise and sport specific strength training adaptations to alleviate and manage many on-going sporting injury dilemmas.
Hello again, this week we have the second instalment in this series of some moderate to advanced Bodii exercises. Although, it could quite rightly be considered that the entire range of innovative Bodii exercises fit this description, we we will look at the Three-Ball Lift and Dip/Two Leg Mountain Climber combination.
This is an exercise which requires significant core strength/stability, and as a result, heightened body awareness and balance. A close look at exercise execution will reveal an acute focus on each of the four Bodii vital inclusions. It should be noted that the demonstrated movements are a result of increasing lower levels progressions. While many “experts” will consider the examples presented in this series to be non-functional “tricks”, I remind everyone that functionality is relative, and that true strength & fitness training extends beyond a participant’s perceived functional limits. The presented exercise has very strong implications in the area of sporting proprioceptive/neuromuscular adaptations.