Deadlift Part 2: Variations for the Artistic Athlete

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Deadlift Part 2: Variations for the Artistic Athlete

Kettlebell swings, and Jefferson curls, and single-leg deadlifts, oh my! In my last post, we talked all about hip hinging and the deadlift, and how they are integral exercises not just for the development of the artistic athlete, but for functional movement in day-to-day life. Here, let’s go through some common variations on a deadlift, their how-tos and whys, and where they can benefit you in a strength program. My friend and fellow athletic therapist Eric Richard, out in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is going to tackle the last one of these for us. Let’s get into it! Kettlebell Swings Really, I could write an entire post just on kettlebell swings, but we’ll go through the basics here. Kettlebell swings utilize the same hinging motion as the deadlift, however, the focus is more on explosive power through the hips, while requiring dynamic stability at the shoulders, and solid grip strength. Sound like anything familiar? In a traditional kettle...
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Yasmine Mucher

From Toronto, Ontario, Yasmine Mucher is a provisionally certified Athletic Therapist, Registered Kinesiologist, and CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. She started training in circus arts 2008, specializing in all things trapeze. This sparked her love and curiosity for the capabilities of the human body, but pain and injury exposed to her the lack of research and knowledgeable practitioners in the area of circus arts and the needs of the artistic athlete’s body. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2017, and an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University in 2020, throughout her education and thereafter, Yas worked as a circus performer and coach for people of all ages, applying scientifically informed methods to her own and her clients’ training and reaping the results. www.benddontbreak.net