Mobility For Athletes: Intense Couch Stretch for Your Quads and Hip Flexors

Mobility For Athletes: Intense Couch Stretch for Your Quads and Hip Flexors

The Couch Stretch is a strong quad and hip flexor stretch that is familiar to many athletes.  Instead of just jumping in, let’s first review and focus on a number of cues to help you take advantage of the full effects of this stretch. When done properly, the couch stretch is highly effective for lengthening the quadriceps and hip flexors, but with the variation below using a bench will provide a more intense stretch as well as an external stretch for the shoulders.

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Mobility For Athletes: Inner Wrist Stretch

Mobility For Athletes: Inner Wrist Stretch

The wrists, like ankles, are another area of the body that often gets overlooked when warming up for your weight lifting session. If you think about it, mobile and strong wrists are critically important for pain free Snatching, Cleaning and Jerking. Not only will every overhead movement benefit from having more mobile wrists but it will also improve your front rack position, which can be the difference between a made and a missed lift! Strong and mobile wrists provide support all the way up the chain from forearm to shoulder, which in turn lessens your chance of an injury.

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The Coach & Athlete: Working towards a common goal

The Coach & Athlete: Working towards a common goal

When things are going according to plan, PR's are being hit and meets won, it is easier for the athlete to honor this trust.  As the athlete advances in age and PR's become scarce due to advanced training age, this trust is often challenged and might require the coach to allow the athlete to be more involved in their training decisions.  The partnership should shift towards that of a collaborative role between athlete and coach at this junction and may give a positive and welcomed sense of control back to the athlete...

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