Click images to view slideshow.
Submit your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission guidelines to enter this month's Under the Bar prize drawing.
What causes tight adductors (inner thighs)? Whenever I foam roll it hurts like hell but sure feels good after.
Your nervous system causes tight adductors. There are obviously some physical components to it, but if we put you under general anesthesia, your flexibility would markedly increase. Flexibility training has a large component of teaching your nervous system to "let go."
The effect of foam rolling on flexibility and range of motion around various joints is not clear. This gets even murkier when you look at longer time periods. It doesn't appear to do as much as some have claimed.
Regarding foot position in the bench press, it is clear what the shin angle should be from the side in relation to knee and heel, however, how does one know if he has his feet too far away from the bench in the other direction? You mention there this could be an issue - knees too far out- and show how too close or too far forward looks like but not how too wide does. Should it be wide enough that the knees cannot be pushed farther than the heels when looking at them from the front?
While searching for this question I read some people discussing the notion of "leg drive", and you mention at other points in the book that the quads should be "active" through the lift. What is a good cue for this?
There is a lot of variability in the foot position used on the bench. The feet are too far away when they cannot be used to effectively reinforce the back arch, which is cued quite effectively by "shoving the floor with your feet".
Highlights from the StartingStrength Community. Browse archives.