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1739: How To Get Stronger In The Big 3 Lifts, Ways To Correct Knee Pain When Squatting, What To Do If Your Right & Left Side Don’t Match & More | Mind Pump

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Key Takeaways

  • The ideal program for your body is always individualized – if you purchase pre-written programs, run through the first time as written for a baseline then change based on your body and goals
  • Regularly practice lifts you want to improve at lighter weights to nail down technique – that will allow you to identify sticking points, correct, and eventually increase weight
  • The hips and ankles move in many planes of motion – the knee only moves in one – when it lacks stability, it shifts around and depends on ligaments to stabilize and causes pain and problems
  • “Tightness is your body’s way of trying to create stability where there isn’t any.” – Sal
  • It’s an old school chiropractor move to say that your left and right side aren’t the same length – get checked out by a physician to assess whether there’s truly a difference in limb length
  • Often what we think are significant imbalances or differences in lengths of limbs are just tightness in muscles
  • For in-season and offseason training, keep incorporating the adaptation you’re pursuing (e.g., keep doing cardio if training for a race)
  • In season, your goal is to manage stress on the body and avoid injury – not go for PRs and push training
  • Offseason is the time to push training and push performance
  • This can’t be stressed enough: be intentional about mobility work

Introduction

Mind Pump consists of Sal Di Stefano (IG: @mindpumpsal), Adam Schafer (IG: @mindpumpadam), and Justin Andrews (IG: @mindpumpjustin)

The guys host a Q&A and answer listener questions about getting stronger in the big three lifts, how to correct knee pain when squatting, correcting imbalances in the body & more!

Getting Stronger In Big Three Lifts

  • Big three lifts: deadlift, squat, bench press
  • Don’t get trapped in routine – be ready to switch programming
  • Increase practice: treat it like a competition, increase volume & frequency to improve technique but be aware of fatigue and overreaching
  • Improving technique will allow you to identify sticking points & increase weight
  • If training for a competition, visualize the competition and go through what it will look like in your head – and practice the lifts in the order you will perform

Correcting Knee Pain When Squatting

  • “When it comes to knee pain, 9 out of 10 times it has to do with the ankles or the hips.” – Sal
  • Work on mobility: place special focus on ankle & hip mobility exercises and do two times every day
  • Mobility does not mean stretching – mobility exercises improve the range of motion and stability of the joint
  • If conventional squat hurts the knee: try split squat stance, Bulgarian squat
  • Try foam rolling IT band – that will start to pinpoint where the pain is originating and relieve pain
  • Check out this video

Imbalances In Left & Right Side

  • Often what we think are significant imbalances or differences in lengths of limbs is really just tightness in muscles
  • To avoid compensating effects across the body, do movements that are unilateral moving one arm and one leg
  • We tend to overcompensate to correct imbalances
  • Start with the weaker side and let that dictate how many reps you do on the stronger side

Triathlon Training In-Season Versus Off-Season

  • Offseason training: 2 days per week of resistance training + 1-2 days per week of cardio training + mobility on off days
  • In-season training: correctional exercise + prescribed triathlon training
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