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September Coaches Corner 2019

As soon as it came it begins to disappear, the seasons tend to be much like life. If you forget to live and focus your attention on the present, it slips through your fingers without the curtesy of saying good bye. Luckily, training at Targhee Athletics continues to be a rock, in the river of uncertainty and no matter the season, we will leave the light on for you.

Our new block, is going to include a new movement, new to Targhee Athletics at least, the Trap Bar Deadlift. This lift requires a special bar, it is a fantastic variation of the deadlift, but because the equipment is not really that useful for other movements we have not pulled the trigger on purchasing a bunch of them until now!! You will find that because the bar is centered around you as the lifter, and the handles are slightly higher off the ground and in a neutral grip position, that in general you are able to lift more weight with the Trap bar then with a straight bar. It also requires a slightly different start position, kind of a cross between the bottom of a squat and the start of a traditional deadlift. It is a fantastic movement for creating total body strength, but also putting less stress on the low back. We have some gluteus medius and core work built into some of our strength session, and the rest follows the predictably path of trying to make you a formidable human being by turning your weaknesses into strengths. We have some single limb movements, some overhead movements all at varying tempos and angles.

Post Wods include: Thoracic spine rotation, internal and external hip rotation, some heavy single arm carries, shoulder mobility, and more posterior chain activation and bodyweight strength training. I will steer clear of the occasional soapbox, but I must insist that the strong desire to abandon the Post wod in search of the comfort of not doing the seemingly minimal task presented…..lives within all of us. But those that persevere, that overcome the little voice that whispers…”you have already done soooo much, you do not need to do more!” will inherit that which is promised…To quote Rudyard Kipliing; “If you can fill the unforgiving minute/With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run/Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it/And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


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