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Muscle of The Month: Psoas - Core Power or a Pain in the Back?

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Muscle of The Month: Psoas - Core Power or a Pain in the Back?

PSOAS - CORE POWER OR A PAIN IN THE BACK?

The muscle of this month is a powerful, awesome and very important muscle for basic and athletic functions alike, but also a pain in the back (literally!). When strong, it will power many of the things we do at the gym or in life. When weak and shortened (tight), it will cause an array of imbalances and even back pain. 

Meet your body's most powerful hip-flexor on this week’s post and read on to learn about the good it can do for you, its effects on the spine during seating and walking as well as how to strengthen and release this key muscle. 

 

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Muscle of the Month: Serratus Anterior, Your Way to Bliss in Planks

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Muscle of the Month: Serratus Anterior, Your Way to Bliss in Planks

Meet your shoulder's best friend in planks, push ups and life.

"My abs were ready to hold,

but my shoulders and wrists just couldn't bear the load"

Most of us have (at least at some point in our fitness journeys) gone through a moment like this. Without the strength of the star of this month, weight bearing through the arms and even simple daily tasks such as handwriting and typing can be stressful on the shoulders (or even on seemingly uninvolved places such as the elbows and wrists).

If you’ve been able to put these days of unwanted shoulder and neck tension in the past through practice, good for you! If you are still working on it, read on… 

Learn about the importance of this muscle, how to connect to it and strengthen it.

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Transverse Abdominis – The Natural Corset Around Your Waist

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Transverse Abdominis – The Natural Corset Around Your Waist

Muscle of The Month  >> Transverse Abdominis

The first post of this new series is featuring one of our most foundational muscles. 

 

"Tighten that corset around your waist!" 

If you've taken a Pilates class, you've certainly heard these words before. 

That's because your body actually has its own natural corset, your deepest abdominal layer, the Transverse Abdominis. If you've ever dreamed of having a narrower waistline, healthier lower back, stronger core, better balance and more strengthening this muscle should be your first priority. 

 

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