Training Rotational Muscles

Training Rotational Muscles


Hey guys, it’s James here. Now once again, we’re talking a lot about rotational muscles at the moment. Rotational muscles are really important, they absolutely corkscrew around the middle of our spine. As a result they strengthen and they keep us upright. On a nerdy level, these guys have the most dense input into our cerebellum or our brain, so it’s really going to prime our alertness and our concentration as well. So the more we can fire those rotational muscles, the smarter you’re going to be, but the more protection you’re gonna have for your spine as well. So either way, it’s going to be a bit of a win-win. So how do we train rotational muscles? Well, good way to do it is to rotate. With a little weight here, I can literally pass that almost like a halo formation around my head and I would absolutely go both ways. Same thing around your torso and by making my left and right hand grab where I can’t necessarily see it too, it is actually quite a legitimate coordination exercise too which goes to that same part of the brain. Again much easier to do this upright versus being slouched. I think you’ll find virtually every single exercise is better upright. Now again, posture is natures way of expressing energy we’re kind of a fan of when we’re exercising, having the most energy possible. Literally swinging this around under my legs, it’s just forcing that weight transfer everywhere. Again from a side on perspective, there we go. Now that’s all with the same resistance weight I just wanted to show you how the movement’s done. If you really wanted to challenge these rotational muscles as simple as it sounds you can either increase the volume or you can increase the resistance. The resistance can be quite hard with this. Right now we’re going from 4 to a 16 kilo kettle bell. There’s some halo’s with that. The handles make great tools to hang on here. You’ll see the stability I needed before, as I rotated positions then one of my feet came completely off the ground. Again The less body swing you have side to side here, as in the straighter your torso stays over your legs, the stronger those rotational muscles are. Now again that handle on that kettlebell really helps when it’s rotating through the swings. It makes it quite easy. Try to keep your back as tall as possible and let that movement go. That’s a deliberate way to train rotation and I think a way that will make you and your entire body much, much stronger.

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