personal training st. john's

personal training st. john's
I was lying down on the couch the other day and went to push myself off to get up.

My leg was in such a position that it activated the crap out of my glute. You see, I was propped up on some pillows and the unique position I had my legs bent actually put my glutes in an advantageous position (relative to my hamstrings) to execute hip extension. Referred to as active insufficiency, the bi-articular hamstring muscle which crosses the hip and knee joints, was in a disadvantageous position to activate.

Robert Panariello actually just wrote about this on Bret Contreras’ blog HERE.

In his post, Robert discusses a glute test that utilizes an assessment table and plyometric box.

This position was how I was propped up on this couch, sort-of.

I was thinking how I could simulate this in the gym without the assessment table because this bridge variation is actually very effective at targeting you glutes.

I was playing around in the gym this morning and came up with these two unique bridge variations.

Thanks to active insufficiency, your glutes should dominate this bridge variation. Robert describes this table set-up as a test/assessment, which I agree with, but I also believe the test can serve as the exercise.

If you’re new to this exercise and have weak glutes, do the two leg variation. There is more stability and a lower chance you’ll use your hamstrings. Place two kettlebells at the end of an exercise bench. Move to the end of the bench and form a 90-degree angle at your knees. Find neutral spine and gently brace your abs. Drive your heels into the handles of the kettlebells and lift your hips upward. You should feel a strong contracting in both glutes. As Pavel says, “Squeeze and break the walnut!” Hold for a few seconds and return to the starting positing.

I like performing one or two sets prior to my lower body workouts completing a total of 20-ish reps.

Once your glutes get strong together (e.g. bilaterally), it’s time to try the single leg version. Here, ensure your abs are braced so you don’t hyperextend your low back and so you can control the rotational torque applied to your pelvis/low back. You might notice a bit more hamstring activity in this version, but ensure you butt takes the brunt of the load. Follow the same instructions above but execute with one leg held in the air.

My hands are holding onto the bench so I don’t slide away from the kettlebells. They are not helping in the hip lift.

If you don’t have access to kettlebells, you can place two dumbbells on end.

Happy glute training!

-JK

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I recently visited Newfoundland for one month, and was looking for a good place to train while I was there. Jon and the team at JK conditioning really took the time to assess what I already knew, and set achievable goals for the time that I had with them. The gym was such a great place to push yourself. It had everything you needed, but more importantly it had a well organized, very knowledgeable, and really motivating group of trainers to push you at each workout. Not to mention a really nice group of other members who also motivated me to go that little bit further. I would highly recommend the gym to anyone who has a goal and wants to find a place to help them achieve it.

lisa jumping onto a box

JKC was recommended to me by a fellow runner. I was experiencing injuries, and feeling weak and fragile. When I started with JKC, Jon asked me about my goals and my focus. I wanted to concentrate specifically on running, and preventing injury. Jon developed a program for me that has enabled me to focus on my form and strength and has been flexible enough to enable me to train for many different races. I have been training with JKC for six years, and during that time I have enjoyed Jon and Thomas’s expertise in a very warm and supportive atmosphere.

I saw an article in Men’s Journal that quoted Jon in about 2018 while traveling and was impressed that someone in St. John’s made that international magazine.  Jon spoke about an exercise called the Farmer’s Walk and I started working that into my routine at the YMCA. I tore that article out of the magazine and kept it, meaning to make contact, but got busy. Then I had lunch with an old friend Bruce Dyke. I hadn’t seen Bruce for a while and I remarked that he looked super healthy and fit. He told me about his, and his son Cas’, experience at JKC and then I remembered the Men’s Journal article! No coincidences!

The experience is unique on many levels – great people, camaraderie, passion, purpose, and dedication. Jon and Thomas are attentive, precise and understanding.  Their teaching has unlocked a new perspective for me with what our bodies are capable of. I still appreciate the YMCA, wonderful place, but I can’t imagine working out without Jon and Thomas now.

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