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Blue (lower body) Journey
The 3 Stars Sequence
Exercise 16 8c
Learn and follow the exercise instructions below.
Practice this exercise daily as part of your sequence.
Perform this exercise only in pain free and comfortable ranges.
If necessary, seek professional advise to use as part of a rehabilitation program.
Learn the Exercise
8c is a powerful squat exercise that aims to train people to be fit enough to occasionally lift a heavy load in a safe manner.
Because many lifting injuries are associated with faulty mechanics and movement impairments, the guided imagery technique of this exercise makes this mission very effective, with fast results, and much safer than lifting heavy weights.
Move - stretch - return - relax -...
Starting position - Horizon
Stretch phase - towards the floor in front.
Inhale - Starting position.
Exhale - Movement phase.
Strong exhale - Stretch and return phases.
Inhale - Relax phase.
Assume the balanced upright standing position as tall as possible, facing away from the bar.
About 1 step away from bar.
Relax the arms by the body.
Look at the horizon.
Upon exhalation, perform a balanced squat.
Ensure the entire spine is in neutral position and the lumbar arc is maintained (not round back).
When looking from the side, keep the shoulders, knees and toes in the same vertical line (The line of balance) throughout the movement.
As the body is descending, hold the bar behind the back to ease the movement.
When the deepest squat possible is reached, pause for about a second while continuing to exhale and imagine that there is a heavy watermelon on the floor between your feet that needs to be lifted.
Let go of the hands behind the back and 'grab' the imaginary watermelon.
Increase the exhalation significantly, and consciously activate the trunk and limb muscles as if there really was a heavy watermelon on the floor.
Start rising to the starting position while holding firmly on the heavy 'watermelon'.
Find the balanced harmonious Starting Position and gear the body and mind for the Next repetition.