Your abs play a critical role in your athletic movement – they stabilize your midline. Properly stabilizing your midlines includes tightening your butt cheeks, holding your breath and bracing your abdominal wall as if you’re about to take a punch. When done correctly, this will help you functionally connect your lower body with your upper body, improving performance in all areas – whether you’re running, rowing, cycling, deadlifting, kettlebell swinging, squatting, handstanding or simply standing up on two feet. The two photos below (kudos to Jeff & Ben for effectively demonstrating what not to do ) show both ends of the spectrum. On the left, Jeff’s is obviously not stable, I mean he’s holding himself up there, but his midline and body is not stabilized. On the right, though his body is tight, Ben’s back is hyperextended, which means his glutes are not engaged and his abdominal midline is lengthened – also not stable. Yes, I know… we need one more photo for the series – what it’s supposed to look like… When we get one, I’ll post it! Questions? Comments?
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
10 Power cleans (135/95)
10 Push press