“Better Every Day”
I was so excited to have the opportunity to check out Jen Sinkler’s gym, The Movement Minneapolis, last week! My bestie Brittany and I were greeted by amazing trainers with tons of useful knowledge.
Never been to The Movement Minneapolis? That’s ok! Here’s an overview:
- You can expect to workout in a group setting.
- Even though workouts are held in a group setting, your workout will still be individualized.
- How? Biofeedback, and a variety of exercises to choose from based on your biofeedback! (more on biofeedback below)
- Sessions are high-energy, designed to boost your metabolism, build strength, and decrease injury. (Who doesn’t want to do all three??)
- Workouts improve functional movement by engaging supportive muscles with bars, free weights, and kettle bells.
- You are free to attend as many sessions as you’d like per month with a membership.
- The Movement Minneapolis even offers remote training opportunities for anyone outside of the Minneapolis area!
Biofeedback is a test used to determine which lifts work best for your body. Since some lifts maybe great one day and then not the next, biofeedback will help you figure out which style of training is best for your body on any given day. The best part about biofeedback is that it helps prevent injury.
So does biofeedback work?
Say for example you want to deadlift. Give yourself three deadlift options. Start testing with a forward fold; only folding as far as you can without feeling strain in your hamstrings or lower back. This is your starting point. Then try the first lift without weight. Test again with your forward fold. If you can go deeper into your forward fold then that lift was a good fit, if you don’t improve then there’s probably a different lift better suited for you, and if you regress then don’t do that lift. Repeat until you have tested each lift.
But won’t you get deeper into your forward fold simply because you’re getting warmed up?
That’s what I thought! However, the proof was in Brittany’s testing. After each lift Brittany’s tests were about the same. Then she tried out the Romanian deadlift…her body was not having it! Brittany wasn’t able to stretch as far after the Romanian deadlift. Proof that biofeedback works!
Oh That Jefferson
Nothing is going to make you stronger than lifting a heavy, heavy weight. Jennifer Vogelgesang Blake
So guess which deadlift my body liked the most? The Jefferson deadlift! This lift is quite different from any lift I’ve done before. The split stance almost makes the Jefferson a hybrid of a squat and deadlift. But let me tell you, this lift works!
In the past I’ve tweaked my back doing deadlifts, and for some reason I’ve always felt the lift in my stomach. Obviously my form was not correct! Last week at the Movement Minneapolis was the first time I have done a deadlift correctly -probably a result of trying out the Jefferson deadlift and trainer Jennifer’s guidance. Let me tell you that finally performing a deadlift properly was an amazing feeling!
How do I do a Jefferson deadlift?
Good question! Here’s a great “how to” video from Jen Sinkler.
Another aspect about the Jefferson deadlift I like – and well, probably other forms of deadlifts too – is that if you don’t have a bar available you can easily substitute with kettle bells!
Visiting The Movement Minneapolis was a great experience! If you live in Minnesota or are visiting make sure to stop by for an intro and training session, or try their remote program. Give biofeedback a try and see how it improves your training experience. Also, if you’re new to deadlifting, not a deadlifting fan, or haven’t tried out the Jefferson, then I suggest giving it a go. You have nothing to lose and lots to gain…like as a tight butt.
Thank you Jennifer for the awesome info, and for helping me lift properly! I can’t wait to come back for a training session.
Until next time,
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Video Credit: Jefferson Deadlift
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