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Posted on 09-29-2016

Use your legs when you lift…plus your hands, forearms and core muscles too!

Beginning in elementary PE class and throughout the rest of your life you have probably heard the term “Lift with your legs”.  While this concept is true, we must also remember that we use several other muscles when lifting objects, such as our hands, feet, and Core muscles.

When I educate patients on best practice lifting techniques I always make it point to reinforce the fact that when we lift objects technically we don’t just lift with our legs. Our hands are what connect our bodies to the object that we are lifting.  Yes, we need to generate force through our legs and gluteus muscles, but if our hands are actually connecting us to our work, what about all the other muscles in our body that are located between our legs and our hands?  Shouldn’t we lift with them too? Absolutely, therefore we should all embrace the new terminology “use your legs when you lift…plus your hands, forearms and core muscles too!

Did you know that your core is the second largest muscle system in your body, next to your legs and gluteus muscle group?  So why are we not taught to also engage our core muscles when we lift?  Sure, you have successfully performed lifts time and time again by only generating force through your legs, but if we have such powerful muscle groups connecting our legs to our hands, why wouldn’t we engage them as well?

Today is the day to begin lifting smarter, not harder and use those other powerful muscles you have to help make lifting objects easier. So the next time you go to lift something, take a moment to remember that you’re truly lifting with your hands, forearms and other resources between your legs and your hands to help make that lift easier and prevent over-stressing only one muscle group.  We encourage you to engage as many muscles as you can to minimize the overall impact of the lift. Take care and happy lifting!!

—Ken Rashad, Excercise & Rehab Specialist

Larry S. said:

Very helpful advice/thank you Korwitts centered

2016-09-30 16:07:12

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