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Can Kettlebell Swings Improve Lower Back Issues?

(This is a simple reduction of the recent Kettlebell November 2017 NSCA Journal with recognition to the research performed by Keilman & Hanney et al.)


Having lower back pain designates you into a category that affects millions of American’s lives and is the highest rated reason why workers take days off. Low-back pain can be split between generalized lower back pain (LBP) and specialized (those suffering from degenerative conditions). Those who suffer LBP often do not pursue a positive treatment to strengthen the areas effect (quadratus lumborum (QL) and piriformis muscle (PF)). Avoiding strength training often produces more visits to the physical therapy office or additional days complaining. Most programming for an individual relaying LBP would consist of stabilizing efforts in a prone or supine\position. Recent research by Keilman & Hanney et al offers a different modality: kettlebell swings.

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Why Every Home Should Have a Foam Roller

If you suffer from DOMs (delayed onset muscle soreness), feel stiff after a day of work or on a consistent basis, or feel that your performance at the gym has been decreasing for a while, this read is for you.

I say the word mobility and follow that up with the question, “do you even?” and I always get a shrug. Either “I ain’t got time for that” or “I warm up on the treadmill” is the answer I hear most of the time. Please stop “doing you” because that has not been helping you and if you are not proactive in improving your performance in the gym or on the field, you have wasted your time and energy. Let’s briefly talk about why you probably feel the way you do. Read More