Answer to This Week’s Question of the Week

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Articles, Question of the Week

Thanks to my buddy Doc at athletes performance for pointing something out about my video…not only did I not demonstrate lifting correctly, but I did not discuss a proper lift…So here you go:

In your exercise of the week “Ball Sprints” You emphasize lifting the ball properly from the ground. Can you discuss in greater detail, Things to consider or steps to safely lift and carry heavy objects both in and out of the gym?

Yes, I should have gone into this in more detail. I am still getting comfortable in front of the camera so I tend to forget things. Thank you for pointing that out Doc. By lifting properly, whether it’s a refrigerator, a toddler or a Dynamax ball, lifting objects off the ground properly involves flexing at the hips with an upright spine. It is also important to keep your feet flat and push through your whole foot as you lift. Something else to consider when lifting things off the ground or anywhere else for that matter is to keep the object over your center of gravity. The further away from your center of gravity a weight is; the more stress it puts on the joints of the body.

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