"31 or 71. Age—no matter, Action matters!" ~David R. Hill
Behold the “Clamshell” endurance practice! It is designed to prevent movement through sustained contraction of abdominal muscles in compromising positions, while gravity relentlessly exerts its downward pull.
The core of our body temple affects every action and movement we express. The strength, balance, and alignment it holds, inherently affects the quality of our physical, mental, and emotional health.
In these videos, I am working out with Carson Mack, as I have been for six years. He was the instrumental coach for my training to climb Mt. Everest in 2017. Carson has been honing his craft and training a multi-diversity of men, women, teenagers, and children since 2013. As I have grown in my strength, balance, alignment, and range of endurance, I have noted the evolving growth and awareness of Carson. He passionately supports his clients to realize, that the quality of our mental and emotional health is intrinsically related to our physical state of well-being.
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Bottoms Up Squat
What you are beholding in this video, with Trainer, Carson Mack, is challenging grip strength, while also offsetting the weight to build the lateral wall of abdomen. This exercise solidifies the core while supporting alignment of whole being. So?
The core is the Center of our physical body. As in the previous Clamshell practice, honoring the Core’s value, toning it, and caring for its strength, balance, and alignment, is metaphorical to maintaining our Center for physical, emotional, and mental health. Concurrently, squatting strengthens and tones our primary mobilization appendages, which are essential for our freedom to appreciate the many life adventures and vistas they allow us to see and experience.
If I can do it, you can do it!
This exercise calls for absolute groundedness of feet, body, alignment, and attention, or the Kettlebell will mercilessly swing you into an unpleasant and potentially wrenching position, which may hinder further training for the day.
This hip-hinging melding of weight and balance requires coordination of all limbs to move explosively! To do it attentively, it is one of the most beneficial exercises you can practice for developing whole body alignment, tonality, and strength. Commence with a weight you can manage with confidence of fluidity and balance. As you evolve in your capacity to handle the weight, you are welcome to move up to the next level of weight.
With any of the exercises featured in this Inspired Training arena, be kind and honor yourself to evolve gently and surely to succeeding levels of capability. Damn the ego and honor your aspiration with grace!