Before you ruin your skull

You don’t know what you don’t know.

Over the years I have learned a few lesson one, which has stuck with me is the realization that I don’t know what I don’t know until I run into an issue.

This is true for everyone and I am realizing there are some things you know yet.

Which leads in to the tip of the week:

This morning as the local high school wrestling team was lifting, they saw the three lifts, power snatch, deadlift and bench press. As soon as they saw bench press most of them went to do the bench press.

I will give them credit for being there and wanting to lift but I had a question for them.

“What muscle groups/ body parts does the bench press work?” They correctly explained their arms and chest.

So I asked them this question; “Where do you hold the weight upon completing the power snatch?” Again, they responded correctly, above our heads.

Above your head!

Now I ask you, “What is holding the weight above your head?”

Answer, your arms.

Do you think it is a good idea to do a lift (bench press) which makes your arms tired before a lift which you must hold weight above your head??

I hope you start to realize the lifts in any program should not pulled at random and should not listed randomly. The lifts should be ordered most complex to the least complex.

This is done for your safety.

Be sure to understand the program you are using. Ask question and know why it is set up the way it is set up.

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