Father Andrew's Hot Body Gym

December 6, 2009

The Back Lever

Filed under: workouts — Tags: , , — Micah Vandegrift @ 1:38 pm

As you all know, I really enjoy the gymnastics portions of our workouts. I am always searching out good tutorials on the base level gymnastics motions. Here’s a really great step by step video of the Back Lever progression.

The Back Lever from Patrick Cummings on Vimeo.

Some key points –

– this motion will help develop your entire posterior muscle chain, increasing your capacity for deadlifts, cleans, sqauts, ect.

– the back lever is also helpful to raise your mental awareness to a variety of muscles, which can be helpful when targeting muscle groups.

– controlled movements like the back lever enhance full body fitness

The video reminded me that when doing these types of exercises, it is so important to concentrate on fully engaging your muscles, truly “exercising” them, in order to build strength and mobility. He mentions the technique of taking a deep breath and locking down your core around your lungs before beginning the lever. I think this technique could be helpful for weight lifting and other exercises also.

Really enjoying the Again Faster video tutorials. Very helpful and mostly about 10 minutes short. Check em out!


1 Comment »

  1. The breathing maneuver is called the “Val Salva”(sp?) maneuver. It should always be used when lifting.

    Comment by Graham — December 6, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

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