Integration of IASTM and Movement Preparation in a Powerlifter's Training Program

Cassandra Strunk & Kyle Young

A presentation on planning specific and intentional preparation drills in a lifter’s warm up. Learn how we approach common movement patterns seen in the world of powerlifting that limits a lifter from achieving optimal positions required for squat, bench, and deadlift. We will demonstrate how we implement mobility tools (i.e. IASTM/self massage tools and even your good ol’ foam roller) and movement drills to address poor positions and/or technique faults, with the goal of preparing the body to handle load.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
    1. Intent of a Powerlifter’s Warm Up
      1. General Warm Up
        1. Defining specific mobility required for task at hand
        2. Mobility drills using tools*
          1. Location, duration, intensity, achieving ROM for task at hand
        3. Specific Warm Up
          1. Utilizing the ROM achieved from mobility drills.
          2. Motor patterning for sport.
            1. Quick overview of KMS Principles of Loaded Movement: breathing, bracing, rooting.
            2. Exercises selection based on integrating KMS Principles of Loaded Movement with squat, bench, and deadlift.

Squat

  1. Common patterns that need addressing
    • Thoracic Spine
    • Shoulders
    • Hips
  2. Mobility
    • Demonstration
  3. Drills: priming the sport specific pattern
    • Demonstration

Bench

  1. Common patterns that need addressing
    • Thoracic spine
    • Shoulders
    • Biceps
  1. Mobility
    • Demonstration
  2. Drills: priming the sport specific pattern
    • Demonstration

Deadlift

  1. Common patterns that need addressing
    • Spine
    • Hips
  2. Mobility
    • Demonstration
  3. Drills: priming the sport specific pattern
    • Demonstration

Conclusion

*Disclaimer: this is not a course intended to teach soft tissue interventions to address pain or dysfunctions. The focus is training-- the intent is to prep tissue and ROM for training.

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