Habit #2 of Highly Successful Hunter-Gatherers: Be Selfish
In our ancestors’ day, there was certainly a sense of obligation to the group, an expectation of contribution to the joint welfare. That said, in an economy of ample free time, a social network of extended kin, a culture nearly devoid of material ambition, no one was likely required or motivated to drive themselves to exhaustion.
I believe the “pack mule” mentality is a thoroughly modern neurosis. Why would any single person in a band ever accept grossly inordinate proportions of responsibility in our Primal ancestors’ time? With all members free to leave at any time in the natural ebb and flow of band to band interchange, why would any of them lived a wretched life of literal or approximated servitude? If you ran yourself into the ground healthwise in evolutionary times, you put yourself at risk. You were a liability to the group. What was the possible benefit?
Yet, here we are in modern times making excuses for neglecting our health, giving away the chance (and true responsibility) for reasonable self-care and personal fulfillment. Part of the logic is the modern focus on the future. We’re planners, sacrificers for the sake of a presumed future security. It’s amazing what we’ll give up in the interest of a vision twenty years out. The result? We live in a kind of chronic self-debt. Yes, we’re seeking to serve our long-term good, but we’ve distorted that intention with the extremity of its terms.
This flies in the face of our ancestors’ culture of immediacy. There’s something to that living in the here and now rather than for the sometime-down-the-road. I think it’s possible to balance the two for the benefit of both, but it’s a deal with the devil to think we can continually neglect ourselves for the people and projected future of our lives. Our sense of balance must demand current and continual well-being for ourselves. When we are nourished and sustained today, we have more to offer to those around us and to our futures.
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Strength needs to be integrated into many other training modalities to have relevance. Olympic lifting transforms strength into speed.
I am often asked, when should one use Olympic-style weightlifting exercises in the training of competitive athletes, especially at the high school and collegiate level? Should athletes be bigger, faster and stronger in order for them to survive? It’s not a provocative question, or at least it does not mean to be.
If you’re working with a new mom, you probably know how important it is for her to take some time after welcoming her baby into the world to focus on loving, bonding, and healing. Getting back to her pre-baby workouts — or a new routine altogether — could take some time.
However, there are some exercises that you can encourage her to do immediately postpartum to help her body heal well. They’re what I call the 4R Post-Pregnancy Protocol and prescribe to all my postpartum clients.
What Are the 4 Rs?
These are all important steps to help a new mom feel more comfortable in her body, allowing her body to truly heal itself from the inside out, and getting back to the gym in a strong, safe manner in due time. In this article, I’ll be focusing on the rehab portion of this series.
Helping your client regain function of her body is really where your focus should be with your client in the early days post pregnancy, or she can fall into the tricky territory of struggling with core and pelvic floor issues for much longer than necessary.
Have your client start with Exercises 1 and 2 from the first few days postpartum, and add Exercise 3 after the first 10 days or two weeks postpartum, if she’s feeling comfortable.
Exercise #1 — Core & Floor Connection Breath
The core and floor connection breath will help your client regain tone throughout her entire core. When I’m talking about the core in a postpartum body, I’m talking about the diaphragm, the abdominals, the muscles that support the spine, the pelvic floor muscles, and the glutes.
Doing a million crunches or contractions of the pelvic floor (e.g. kegels) will not help train the whole core. However, practicing the connection breath, your client will learn how to gain and release tension in the abdominals and pelvic floor. Her inhale breath will help to release tension, and her exhale breath will help to gain tension in those muscles and connective tissues.
As she inhales, your client should feel like her ribcage, belly and the base of her pelvis (around the vagina and anus) are gently filling up with air.
As she exhales, she should breathe the air “out” of her ribcage, belly, and base of her pelvis.
Perform two sets of 10 breaths daily. She can do the breaths in any position: sitting, side lying, standing, or lying supine. Of these four position, it should feel easiest in the lying or side-lying position. Sitting will be slightly more challenging, and standing will be the most difficult of the four positions.
Exercise #2 — Half-Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch with Overhead Reach
This stretch will help your client improve body stability, as the position itself is a bit unstable. She’ll really need to squeeze her glutes to feel stable over the back leg.
It’s a nice opening side stretch for the diaphragm and the ribcage which can become cramped and stiff with the daily positions and movements involved in caring for a newborn!
Instruct your client to get into a short lunge stance on the floor, with both knees at a 90-degree angle, placing her weight evenly on both legs, or more so slightly on her back leg.
Squeeze the back leg’s glutes tightly, so she feels a stretch along the front, through the hip flexors and the quadriceps
Whichever knee is on the floor, reach that arm up in the air. Stretch the fingertips up towards the ceiling, and then take a gentle side stretch over the front leg side. She will feel a nice openness through the side of the ribcage.
Perform two sets of six to eight reps each side daily.
Exercise #3 — Squat
Squatting helps your client maintain good mobility and movement through her pelvis.
She will regain core stability through the whole core by controlling the movement as she lowers into the squat and stands back up from the bottom with power. When she uses the breath to inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up, the abdominals and pelvic floor stretch and then contraction.
Stand tall and inhale in preparation to sit back, into the hips.
Cue your client to squat “between” her legs. Her feet should be slightly turned out, and her knees will track outward slightly, following the line of the feet.
Squeeze the glutes and quadriceps to stand up, exhaling while returning to the standing position.
Perform two sets of 10 squats daily.
I urge all new moms to start doing these three simple exercises from the Rehab part of my 4R Post-Pregnancy Protocol. Remember, it’s OK for your client to start with Exercises 1 and 2 just a few days postpartum, and Exercise 3 after the first 10 days or two weeks postpartum, if she’s feeling comfortable.
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Organization of movement, power, timing, and dexterity all play an equal part in the safe and heavy completion of either lift chosen today.
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Kettlebell high-pull + Goblet catch or sandbag shoulder: 5 x 5 @ as heavy as possible in each set
Rest as needed between sets, and intersperse movements as desired-if sufficient equipment is available, there is great value to a few rounds of each. Each set should be difficult, violent, and feature sound positioning throughout.
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This comforting and flavorful chicken dish is great for clean eating or entertaining.
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