Archive for January 13, 2009

Video of the Week

Posted in Injuries, Random Thoughts, Training on January 13, 2009 by mboyle1959

One of our members, Ray McCarthy, asked me to explain the Yoga Table, an active stretch that was mentioned in one of the workouts we posted. I actually searched some Yoga sites for a picture and could not find one. So I shot a video clip. I’m not sure where I came up with this but, it works.

The Yoga Table , as we perform it, is a great exercise and serves a bunch of purposes. The key is to lift up with the glutes ( glute activation) while stabilizing the spine by drawing in the abs ( core activation). What this does is stretch the psoas in an active isolated manner ( glute contraction with hip extension and lumbar stabilization equals psoas stretch). An added benefit is an upper body stretch in the shoulders.

The shoulder flexibility may limit the hip stretch in some tight athletes so the move becomes more of an upper body stretch than a hip stretch.

This is actually one of my favorite active flexibility exercises because it has so much “bang for the buck”.