For the Floor Touches, it’s important that you bend the supporting leg, driving the hips back and lower your chest towards your knee while maintaining a flat back (Pic below at Left), rather than simply bending over at the waist to touch the floor (Pic below at Right):
Cue that same hip drive for the Boostrappers and Dolphin Push-Ups also – really push the glutes up and back to stretch out the hamstrings, rather than banding at the back (also, these are warm-ups, not a workout – no need to race through them!)
A good portion of Tuesday’s post was devoted to maintaining the “hollow” position, and handstands definitely make ample use of that position. Sometimes, however, the hollow position get’s lost amid the overpowering thought of simply maintaining balance. Wall Walks are a great way around that – walk up to a point that is comfortable, while working to keep that hollow position so that the lower back doesn’t cave in towards the wall. This is also a great way to get more comfortable with being upside down.
“How do you do a Plate Get-Up?” The answer: any way you can. It’s that easy. Check that. The answer is that easy; execution is another matter entirely. Try to keep both arms on the plate at all times during the get-ups; however, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so if you need to put a hand down to steady yourself or avoid injury, then by all means, please do so.
Speaking of Sunday, and on behalf of all of us at CFDC, I want to wish Coach Mike Choi the best of luck as he competes at the 2011 XXIV Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in Savannah, GA this weekend! Good Luck, Mike!!