Fed Up and Quad Dominance

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1.      My girlfriend showed me a movie trailer for Fed Up the other day and I found it interesting.

On the surface it appears to be a plea against processed, sugar laden foods. A topic that I am all for.

The documentary comes out on May 9th and I am interested to see how it plays out.

I am really hoping that it is not just a conspiracy theory and there is some good information to take away from it.

I have high hopes for this documentary because I have first hand seen what a diet of sugar and processed food can do.

Cutting that out of a diet does make a gigantic difference on the success of someone’s program.

The number one area that most people can cut out sugar is in drinks. Soda, juices, and other bottled drinks are loaded with the added sweetener.

It can really be an eye opener when the amount of sugar in a can of Coke is shown.

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Start drinking more water and stop drinking liquid sugar.

A lot of people are usually looking for the quick weight loss fix. Go drastic and only drink water for a month.

Those that normally drink a lot of soda, etc. will see dramatic weight loss.

2.      Most people are really strong with their quads and their hamstrings and glutes are almost non-existent.

This is especially true with hockey players. They are all quads and no posterior.

Now the team I work with has a lot of good, strong athletes. They can do squats and deadlifts almost as well as each other.

These movements are somewhat controlled and the correct muscles have to do their job or it will get ugly.

I saw something really interesting when I gave them a more dynamic movement- the kettlebell swing.

Even with some cueing the bodies were not reacting. It took physically placing the guys into the position they needed to be in for them to start to get it.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that they play an incredibly imbalanced sport because they do so well with most athletic activities.

Take them out of their structured environment and all of the habits will come out.

This led me to realize even further the need for hockey players to develop their hamstrings, glutes, and hip hinge pattern.

hip hinge

Exercises like deadlifts, kettlebell swings, RDL’s, and pull-throughs are all good ways to develop those muscles and pattern.

This does not just apply to hockey players. Most people are quad dominate. They do not like to use their glutes because it is not the most natural motion.

Anyone that wants to get stronger, lose weight, or feel better will benefit from addressing these areas of need.