This is Brent of the Brookbush Institute here at the independent training spot
going over the
core push-pull exercise. This is one of my favorite exercises.
It's a core anti-rotation
strength exercise for the most part. I'm going to show you guys the stability
I think once you guys take a look at the excise, you'll also see where it might fit into
you resistance training programs.
So, I'm going to have my friend, Jordan Tisdale, come out. He's going to help me demonstrate this
Now, we got this exercise set up with our TrakFitness handles, which I love. You guys
should look those up-
lots of crazy motion,
very comfortable. And these Stroop Straps,
of course, are great, too- great resista-band stuff.
You could use a couple of cables,
normal handles, resistance bands. You could use resista-band tape if you
wanted to. You don't necessarily have to have all of this equipment
to get this done. Now, the exercise itself,
notice Jordan is standing upright with good posture.
We have one arm getting ready to
pull and one arm getting ready to push, hence the whole push-pull thing,
which as you can imagine is trying to twist him this way.
Alright, so this is one of those anti-rotation exercises for the core.
And then we're going to look at leg position here.
Notice that the arm that starts forward, the one that's going to start with a pull,
is opposite the leg that's forward, and the arm that's going to push
is opposite the leg that's back. The reason we do this
goes back to our core subsystems. So, I want to put his core subsystems on pre-
stretch, load them a little bit so that they work really effectively.
On this side, we have his posterior oblique subsystem with his lat,
thoracolumbar fascia, and glute being stretched.
And on this side, we have that adducter, abdominal fascia, external oblique
being stretched by the pull this way. So now I'm going to have him make sure he's
engaged his glutes,
he's drawn in, and he's going to go ahead and pull with this arm and push with this one.
Nice and slow,
not using any at this twisting motion here.
I just want him to concentrate on good form, push and pull.
Good, now as you guys can imagine, and I'm sure Jordan can feel this, this is pretty
light for Jordan.
I could keep increasing the weight, and this becomes a really good strength exercise
for the core.
And if I'm sneaking it into my integrated warm-up,
you guys could probably see how for somebody like Jordan, if this was on his
upper body day or on a full body resistance training day,
he'd probably be nice and warm by the time he got there.
So we've killed two birds with one stone. We've done a little bit of a specific
and a core warm-up. Now,
for some individuals who have really, really great core stabilit,y
this might be an upper body exercise.
Their arms might actually fatigue out before the core and that's fine, too. So
now you're doing your chest and your back,
and getting a little core work is part of your resistance training routine.
If you guys wanted to take this up a notch,
alright, although, sometimes we give a little to get a little.
If he puts both of his legs together, this now becomes harder to stabilize.
What we've kind of toned down a little bit, though, is all that subsystem recruitment
that we had before.
I really like the staggered stance for this exercise.
I'm always thinking about integrating the anterior and posterior oblique
subsystems for core stabilization,
but occasionally, I do find reason to get somebody into this
stable stance position and really work on their stability.
Alright, so you can keep doing the same thing. Let's say Jordan is a really, really high
which he is, and he's coming back from his lumbar
pathology that he's had. He's been working with me a little bit, and now we're
really trying to get him
high, high, high levels of proprioception.
I could take this one step farther, go ahead and stand on one leg.
Good, and generally speaking, I'm going to do the leg that's opposite the
arm pulling, so once again I get that posterior oblique subsystem recruited
and get a lot of glute activation the stabilize his hip.
How does that feel? It is tough. Yes, one leg is super, super
tough on the stability side, super, super tough on the leg you're standing on. If
you guys go back to the two feet, or the staggered stance, I think you'll find
that you can ramp the weight up
really high. If you're going to do that, make sure you switch hands.
Alright, so we'll go this way and this way.
I'm just switching Jordan, just what I was talking to you guys about.
If he's standing on this leg, I want him pulling with this arm to get that posterior
oblique subsystem involved and get this glute working to stabilize his hip.
We can go two legs, staggered stance. I think if you guys try
the staggered stance and try to
work on anti-rotation, you'll still be able to get the weights up pretty high,
which is a really tough core workout. This is a really great
specific warm-up for those upper body days for my
stronger individuals out there. Or those of you guys with a lot of core strength,
you might be able to knock out your
push and pull exercises in your resistance training program