Saturday, June 13, 2009

New stretch and new exercise

On my main website is a new stretch for your hamstrings. This stretch, besides the direct benefit, is described because so many people try to do it in a harmful way that exacerbates an existing posture problem. Hint: the nose is not connected to the leg. Look here for the details.

I'm starting to do dumbbell snatches at the gym. This is like the Olympic barbell snatch but with just one hand and a dumbbell. I'm practicing my technique on small weights, then I'll take it from there.

Olympic style lifts involve strength + speed, which equals power, and coordination. Form is critical. The snatch starts with the weight on the floor. In one continuous motion, you lift the weight overhead. Simple! The whole body gets moving, and you still have the satisfaction of picking up something heavy.

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