Often prior to the strength/power workouts I’ll prescribe a “scary” explosive movement. My intent is simple: to excite the nervous system and to ready the entire body for the work ahead. Fear ramps up the system and overrides the inhibitory mechanisms. Overriding these mechanisms is one way to effectively improve strength/power.
One way to force an athlete to stay upright while they lunge is to load them in the front. This automatically signals the extensors muscles to fire to support the weight. Elbows and chest high. There is only one way. Holding the weight with the arms is not an option and will eventually be limiting, as the arms can only hold so much for so long. If the athlete lacks the flexibility to use a barbell use two Kettlebells instead. Be resourceful and know what you’re trying to accomplish.
We get results because we covet and collect people who give a shit; people who don’t need to be repeatedly told to work hard, they already do. This attitude and approach to training is infectious. If you ever get the chance to train with someone who is more fit, more intense, or more in tune with their body then you are I encourage you to stay close and learn. Ride their wave. Learn. You are who you hang out with. Hard work is the foundation of success. All the other pieces to the success puzzle mean nothing absent hard work. Tami in the moment.