REAR WHEEL DRIVE
This is a great article I pulled off Dragon Door, by RKC Tom Furman. It highlights the importance of training the posterior chain (aka. the group of muscles in the lower body that are important for force development in exercises such as running, jumping and sprinting).
How often do you walk into a gym (a big box gym, that is, not a CrossFit gym) and see Mr. Arms grunting and making all sorts of contorted faces in the mirror as he struggles to bust out one more darned preacher curl with the E-Z bar? Pretty much all the time. On the flipside, you hardly see anyone doing deadlifts, or for that matter, squatting ass-to-ankles. That being said, I suppose you do see a couple of quarter-squats every now and then, though.
There's a reason why all those fancy-ass gyms have like 99% of their floor space dedicated to the newfangled Nautilus creations or version 15.5 of the elliptical machine and a miscellany of other cardio gizmos, while the free-weight section is banished to the furthest corner of the room. Most of the time, all you'll find there anyway are benches, benches, and more benches - well, come to think of it, probably a Smith Machine too - with scarcely any space to work on other lifts. And don't even begin to imagine that there'd be a platform. Do you really think a globo gym'd shell out money for a plain wooden slab surrounded by drab rubber edges and a couple of recycled rubber bumpers when they could be splashing their funds on the latest revolutionary fitness equipment that promises to tone, firm, and strengthen all at the same time - without you having to break a sweat? (Just in case you were wondering, it's all hype. Always has been, always is, always will be).
Alright, so I went off on a bit of a tangent there. But you get the idea. If nothing else, incorporate full-body movements into your training plan. Mix it up - use dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, ropes, rings, hurdles, your own bodyweight - pretty much whatever suits your fancy. And I guarantee it'll be far less mundane and a lot more beneficial!
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