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Building Blocks: The Deadlift Progression Day 2

Posted by Nick Folker on Sep 1, 2015 10:38:00 AM

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Day 2: Monster Walk Level 1

Welcome to day 2 of the Building Blocks progression powered by BridgeAthletic. Today we will be introducing Monster Walks-Level 1. 


Now that you have worked on your flexibility and posture with the Frog Squat, we add external resistane with an ankle band or resistance band. There are a few different placements of the band, but we are going to use the ankle placement for this progression.

Exercise 2: Monster Walks  


Straight Line-

Place the band around your ankles. Start with feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down slightly. Work on keeping your hip height level throughout the walks. That is, not rocking up and down with each step.

Walk forward slowly for the prescribed reps on each leg, maintaing the original squat height throughout. Avoid 'standing up' as you get tired walking. Pause.

Keeping the starting hip height, walk back slowly for the prescribed reps on each leg. Pause.


Now, walk laterally keeping the squat height the same as when you started. If moving right, lead with your right leg, then left leg and pause. Repeat this sequence for the prescribed number of reps per leg, emphasizing the pause.

Walk slowly in the opposite direction to the start position.

As with the forward/reverse walks, as you walk laterally, avoid a see-saw movement from the hips with each step. Keep your hip-height the same throughout the lateral walk.

NOTE! If you are doing this correctly, taking your time, staying low and keeping your hips level in all 4 directions, you should feel a good muscle 'burn' in your glutes and quads.

More Building Blocks:

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Day 1: Frog Squat

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