Building Blocks: The Deadlift

Posted by Nick Folker on Aug 31, 2015 5:06:00 PM

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Welcome to Volume two of the Building Blocks Progression powered by BridgeAthletic. Over the next four weeks we will cover a few more of the most important exercise progressions and topics for athletic development. Join us this week as we delve into the importance of the Deadlift. 

Deadlift-Day1

Exercise Introduction:

The Deadlift can regarded as one of the true tests of overall strength as it is a compound movement that works more muscle groups than any other exercise. Not only is it great for overall strength gains, but it is very useful in injury prevention and rehab/return to play protocols. Posture is a crucial emphasis for developing athletes in performing the Deadlift. With proper technique, the movement strengthens the core as well as the muscles that support the spine and hips. This progression will focus on hip stability, range of motion, posture and appropriate loading to track the athlete to optimal deadlift technique and weight.

Today we are introducing the Frog Squat! The Frog Squat focuses on lower-extremity flexibilty, hip stability and posture.


Exercise 1: Frog Squat
 

 

 


Tips:

To perform the Frog Squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes rotated out slightly. Keep your chest up and back flat throughout the movement. With arms straight, hands placed one on top of the other pointed toward the ground, squat slowly toward the ground. Keeping your chest up, try to touch the ground with your fingertips. If you cannot reach the ground, go as far as your range of motion allows while keeping good posture. Pause. Return slowly to the start position without locking your knees out. Pause. Repeated for prescribed reps.

 

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Day 2: Monster Walks
Day 3: Goblet Squat
Day 4: DB/KB Deadlift
Day 5: Hexbar Deadlift

Summary:

Thanks for joining us on the first stage of the BW Pullup progression. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BridgeAthletic, Twitter at https://twitter.com/BridgeAthletic or on Instagram using the handle BridgeAthletic in order to see the rest of the progression.
 
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Be sure to check back tomorrow for more Building Blocks!
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