Every Sunday we post the “Sunday Seven” so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week’s most popular posts cover the scapula, holding a freestanding handstand, hypermobility, somatotypes, the kettlebell snatch, the vertical jump, and being a masters athlete!
1. The Scapula: How It Can Make or Break You (Lauren Beasley)
Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Jordan and Pippen. Cheech and Chong. In the body, the biggest power couple is the ball and socket. But what about the shoulder blade?
2. How to Hold a Freestanding Handstand (Logan Christopher)
If you’ve built a solid base with lead-up stunts, then practice your kick-up, you’ll find the balancing isn’t too bad. By following this smart progression you’ll cut your learning curve in half.
3. Mobility’s Dark Side: Why Being Super Bendy Isn’t All That (Brooke Thomas)
Are the people who are flopping their torsos down onto the floor in a spread leg forward fold actually experiencing less pain and discomfort in their bodies? Usually not. What we want is balance.
4. The Story of the Endomorph: How to Work With What You Have (Bret Hamilton)
Do you feel that your body type works against you? You are in control of what you put in your mouth and the amount of exercise you do. The body you earn is a result of those two things combined.
When it comes to kettlebells, the snatch is often the first lift that many people want to learn. But let’s start at the start and figure out what the snatch is, and how best to build it.
6. 2 Skills You Need For a Better Vertical Jump (Doug Dupont)
Power is certainly a prerequisite for a high vertical jump, but so is skill work. A new study identified two skills to work on if you’re looking for a higher jump.
7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Or How to Grow Older Disgracefully) (Patrick McCarty)
I am going to rage against the dying of the light. Pick up the bar. Grab the rings. Squat heavy, and often. Look aging in the face and laugh. I will not go gentle into that dark night.
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