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Winter 2017
Follow these tips to improve the safety and effectiveness of your training:
Before initiating an abdominal exercise, perform a PPT and latten/press the lower back into the loor. This will ensure full ab engagement.
PPT during a reverse crunch
PPT during a crunch
During leg exercises such as the squat or deadlift, perform a slight PPT at the top of the movement to better engage the glutes and hamstrings. Be sure to maintain a neutral spine throughout the rest of the movement.
APT at top of deadlift. WRONG
An excessive PPT should be avoided, as pictured below.
Slight PPT at top of deadlift. CORRECT
Be sure to check out this video as well as the rest of the Feel Good Friday series on my youTube channel at the following link:
Newman, D. Kinesiology of the hip: A focus on muscular actions. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical
Therapy, 2010; 40; 2: 82-94
Dr. Nicholas M. Licameli, PT, DPT
Nick is a doctor of physical therapy and professional natural bodybuilder. He graduated summa cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with his bachelor’s degree in biology, then furthered his education by completing his doctoral degree in physical therapy from Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences (previously the university of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) at the age of 24. His knowledge of sport and exercise biomechanics, movement quality, and the practical application of research combined with personal experience in bodybuilding and nutrition allows him to help people in truly unique ways. He views bodybuilding through the eyes of a physical therapist and physical therapy through the eyes of a bodybuilder. His passion lies between his love for the journey of bodybuilding, education, and helping others.

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