Another Tuesday is here and that brings us another edition of Technique Tuesday. As many of you who have been following me know, the idea behind this recurring theme is to break down a different commonly used exercise each week, and in so doing, review the benefits of the exercise, what proper technique looks like, and how to program the exercise into your workouts correctly to maximize the benefits of the exercise.

Today’s post will be breaking down the plank, and more specifically, the low plank variation (on your elbows). Like most of the exercises I go over, this is one that most people think they’ve got down pat, only to realize when shown that they are way way off. My goal is to make sure you’re not one of those people, and if you are, help correct the mistakes so you too can be a total Rockstar!

As with any exercise I go over, if you are in serious pain when performing this exercise and are using solid technique, please go seek a qualified medical opinion. Remember folks, working out should not create new pains for you (outside of a little muscle soreness).

           Today brings us another installment of Technique Tuesday. The objective of this recurring series is to break down exercises that have a big carry over to most of the population regardless of experience level, and then show you how to apply them to your current training program.

As I always state, it is essential that you be able to go through a good range of motion with each of these exercises PAIN FREE.

If you are in pain during these or any other exercises, and using sound technique, I beg you, please go see a medical professional (neither I, nor any other personal trainer or massage therapist is qualified to diagnose your pain).

Today I’ll be breaking down the Romanian Deadlift, or RDL for short.

The Romanian Deadlift is one of my favorite deadlift variations, and has great carry over not just for beginners but intermediate and advanced lifters as well.

So here it is, another Technique Tuesday breakdown of a great exercise, that a great many people can benefit from. Like many of these exercises it is also one that most people butcher, because they haven’t been given the correct cues and shown the correct technique. Hopefully I can shed some light on this for people.

Disclaimer: As with any of these exercises, if you are experiencing pain while performing them and your technique is good, please see qualified professional who can help diagnose your pain. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, your personal trainer/strength coach is not that person (me included).

The Goblet Squat

Today I’m debuting a recurring segment called Technique Tuesday. The idea behind this recurring theme is that each week I will be breaking down an exercise that is pretty user friendly but also has a good amount of carry over for all of you who might be reading, whether you are brand new to weightlifting or are an experienced lifter.

As with any exercise, you should be able to go through a good range of motion, pain free (however a little burning in your muscles at the end of a set, is totally acceptable).

If you are experiencing pain through a movement and the problem lies deeper than just using proper technique, please, please, please see a qualified professional (no, your personal trainer/strength coach is not one of them, nor am I).