Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

Day 24 - Use Your Caboose

A muscular butt can go a long way to your overall success through training and sport/competition. If you look at any successful athlete, you will notice that they have a "power-pack" of muscle at the base of their back/top of their legs - known as their butt. The posterior is involved in so many different powerful, athletic actions. Not only can it help you perform better, but it is also present to aid in your training.

There are many stabilizing benefits to a strong posterior. When you are lifting or pressing a weight above your head, not only do you want your core to be tight, but you also want to squeeze your cheeks together like they are crushing a soup can. That will help engage and stabilize your spine protecting you from potential injury.

Many of us are taught to 'engage' our core when exercising, but many seem to neglect the posterior chain. By using the above tip, you can ensure that your back (also part of your core) is as engaged as the front of your front half, so that your entire abdominal girdle is rigid and secure, decreasing your risk of injury while either working out or performing at your best.

Quote of the day:
"Don’t count the days, make the days count."
-Muhammad Ali