Tucker: Core-ordination

I’ve seen some really big improvement over the last couple weeks. I’ve been developing much better control and awareness in all the stability muscles, and everything from the feet up is getting worked in some way.

A big part of the problem with my knee is that I was walking differently on that side. I was more on the outside of the foot than using the arch and muscles of the foot to walk and run. Now that I’ve become aware of that and have different exercises to improve it, even sitting down and standing up and walking around feels different. I’m much more stable and secure, and I have a heavy and strong feeling wherever I go. My muscles are getting worked differently too and instead of being heavily quad based and almost falling from footstep to footstep, now that I’m having better contact with the ground I can feel my hamstrings and P-chain engage more. I went for a long walk the other day and my hamstrings and calves were sore the next day…. Just from some walking! Couldn’t believe it.

The next awesome thing is that I’m finally figuring out what the McGill crunch is all about, and I’m able to draw my rib cage down and stay secure without having to hunch or move the rest of my body. I’ve been very prone to lordosis since I was little, so we’ve got almost 30 years of weak core engagement in my posture to work on, but it’s coming along. I can now feel when the separate muscles engage from my lower abs and obliques, all the way up to my upper abs, serratus and what feels like some connective tissue under the pecs.

I’m working on more T-spine mobility and I’ve still been getting tissue work done, and I plan on getting this nerve that keeps feeling pinched off an on for the better part of a year to go away.

My elbow is getting healthier too, albeit a little slower this last week than the really quick progress I made a few weeks ago…. All in time though. Right now I’m just so entertained by what part of my core, feet, back, etc that I’ll be able to feel next time I do my exercises that it’s able to keep my impatience to get back into lifting at bay.

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Tucker Loken is a Bodybuilder turned Powerlifter turned Powerbuilder from Eugene, Oregon. He did his first bodybuilding show when he was still in high school, and has been training male and female competitors for shows since 2011. Several years ago he decided to take a step away from his normal routine and learn how to get strong. He worked with Brian for 9 months, added 200 pounds to his raw total and qualified as an Elite lifter in the 220 pound weight class. He returned back to bodybuilding much stronger and now incorporates the 10/20/Life philosophy into his training to keep himself healthy and making continual progress in the Big 3 as well as adding size and shaping his physique. Now part of Team PRS, he brings his unique expertise of nutritional knowledge and how to balance Bodybuilding with Powerlifting to help athletes achieve their best potential.

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