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Why bending your knees isn’t the ‘best’ way to lift heavy things!

Why bending your knees isn’t the ‘best’ way to lift heavy things!

For years it was a commonly held belief that the best way to lift heavy things was to bend your knees, lower yourself and then to pick it up with a a poker straight back.

It is now believed that in fact our bodies are much more capable than we thought and instinctively we know the best way to pick up heavy things.

In a work environment, employees are given lessons in how to pick up boxes and chairs…really? Did they go their whole lives not being able to do this?

Much of this overthinking comes from another commonly held belief that the back is a fragile structure ready to snap and break at any given moment. It is not. It is an extremely well engineered structure of strength and efficiency when allowed to be so.

In powerlifting, contestants deadlift double sometimes nearly 3 times their own bodyweight – without bending the knees much.

In the clinic, more people come in having hurt their back brushing their teeth than lifting a heavy object.

So, trust your back. Strengthen your back. Use your back. Just don’t be a maverick. Keep the weight close to the body when lifting it and don’t lift weights in the gym that you aren’t used to.

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5 Ways Sports Massage is great for Serious Weight Lifters

5 Ways Sports Massage is great for Serious Weight Lifters

If you take lifting weight seriously, chances are you struggle with tight unyielding muscles. The nature or strength training requires tension throughout the body and this can be counteractive to actually achieving your full potential within a lift. The balance of tight, relaxed, healthy muscle is not easy to achieve. But sports massage can help.… Continue Reading

Shin Splints

Shin Splints

Shin splints or rather medial Tibial Stress Syndrome is characterised by pain or aching along the shin bone (tibia). It is caused by micro tears in the tissues around the tibia that create inflammation in the periosteum. If left untreated & undiagnosed it can potentially develop into a more serious stress fracture. Shin splints is… Continue Reading

How to prevent a hamstring tear

How to prevent a hamstring tear

The hamstrings are the muscles on the back of the thighs, and as you can imagine, we use them a lot in running. They’re responsible for driving us uphill, powering sprints, bending the knees and extending the legs. Issues usually arise due to weakness from either being overly long or shortened and tight. Tight, short… Continue Reading

RSI and how to prevent it

RSI and how to prevent it

What is RSI? Repetitive strain injury (RSI) doesn’t just occur in sport. Any repetitive activity can lead to an overuse injury. Overuse injuries occur over a period of time, usually due to excessive and repetitive loading of the tissue, with symptoms presenting gradually. Little or no pain might be experienced in the initial stages of… Continue Reading

Cycling and back pain: five top tips

Cycling and back pain: five top tips

Back pain is very common in cyclists and can be caused by several factors, from riding style to muscular strength to lifestyle. The repetitive movements involved in cycling can be tough on the muscles and joints. But there are things we can do to help counteract the effects of this. Here are our five top… Continue Reading