The Harsh Necessity of Ligament and Tendon Training

The Harsh Necessity of Ligament and Tendon Training

Many pseudo, fitness enthusiasts focus on the glamour muscles when it comes to working out. We've seen it a thousand times, the guy with the bar body routine, or the girl who only does only squats because she doesn't want to get too much "bulk" in other areas. Guess what folks, that's not going to get the job done.  

Every muscle group is an entire, interconnected system; whereas if one part is neglected, the others will follow in line like a chain of dominoes falling over. Keep the dominoes standing upright, by properly working your supplementary ligaments and tendons that keep the glamour muscles in order. Keep getting paid.

Here's how we do that.

For starters, resistance bands, arm/leg curls and extensions, and a good stretch program are the main factors here.

Resistance Bands: 



Resistance bands offer a range of exercises, with varying degrees of toughness, so develop a program that gets everything covered so you gain more pliability in your movements.

Curls/Extensions:

Hammer curls work the ligaments in the arm(UCL/MCL) as well as the bicep, forearm, and wrist structure.



The hamstring curl and the seated leg extension, collectively strengthen the major ligaments that hold the knee together(ACL/MCL/PCL).

 
Overall, lifting heavier weights with fewer reps, will not only get you jacked, but will thicken the collagen fibers in your tendons and ligaments. This will add density and increase their ability to withstand pressure. 

Yoga



Yoga comes from a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, that includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures. Today, it's widely practiced for health and relaxation, and serves as an undeniably great way to work all the ligaments/tendons in secession.

Become a master of yoga, and one day you may (or may not) be able to fire projectiles or teleport around like Dhalsim from Street Fighter. We at Mr Alpha, can't legally make those claims. You will however, have more resilient connective tissue.