Stability: How to Progress and Regress.

It should be somewhat apparent by now that I invest a lot of stock into the importance of training stability as a separate adaptation. In a world looking right, I double down my position and look left maintaining of stability itself as a separate adaptation than that of strength.

But in the sport defined by kilos on the bar they can be hard to relay this message effectively, where “how much you bench “ Is the make of a man, how much you kettlebell bottom under press Just doesn’t carry with it the same... je ne sais quoi.

Fundamentally the inability to accept stability as a separate adaptation is a misunderstanding of how we progress this adaptation in the components that make up stability, instability, and gradations between the two.

To better clarify we need look no further than the two functional sub-components that make up stability. Stability is a center of mass, or a deviation of that center of mass, and a base of support, or limitation in that base of support.

So when it comes to training, progression and regressing this stimulus of instability we need to ask ourselves, does this affect the center of mass of the lifter or the combined center of mass of the litter and the load, or does this limit the base of support of the lifter? Being able to understand these two tenants are paramount to understanding this adaptation, and to unlocking this stimulus adaptation in your own training. Stability is something that will be put under the microscope in future articles to come, but these two basic sub-components of the center of mass and base of support are our currency when dealing in stability.

Stay Strong,

Jordan

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