Movement Monday: Tension 101

To lift heavy things, tension is a fundamental skill to master.

Tension helps us brace the appropriate parts of our body to perform an exercise correctly. Whether we’re barbell deadlifting or doing a bicep curl, tension keeps things in place while other things move.

Check out Coach Mike's tips on easy ways to start learning to build tension and scroll below to get the cliff notes.

Cliff Notes:

  1. Tension is a fundamental skill to master to lift heavy things.
    1. Tension helps us brace the appropriate parts of our body to perform an exercise correctly. Whether we’re barbell deadlifting or doing a bicep curl, tension keeps things in place while other things move.
  2. Tension should be like a dial. Learn to adjust tension for the task at hand. You’re going to use different tension to push a car or push a stroller. Applying that Idea to the gym.
  3. Tension is also a great way to make any exercise a full body exercise.
  4. What’s the best place to start?
    1. The first two places you can find tension from are your feet and hands. 
    2. Starting from the floor up, learn to create tension and then apply the same principles as you progress towards standing.
  5. The challenge with tension comes as we move towards standing. Once we’re standing, you want to take the fundamentals you’ve learned from the previous positions and transfer them to the exercise you’re about to perform.
    1. If you’re doing a split squat, learn to create the tension in the half kneeling.
    2. If you’re going to squat, perform a bridge to engrain the the tension through your feet then carry that to standing.

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