Exercises You Should Be Doing: Tall Kneeling Landmine

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You may be wondering why I’ve been out of commission since like the middle of the last week. For starters, Joe’s post – Just Because a Doctor Said It: A Response – was such a huge hit, and got such a great response, that I wanted to keep it up for a few days to maximize the total number of people who would read it.

Secondly, my girlfriend was out of town for a day and half and I took every opportunity to catch up on some of the manly things I never have a chance to take part it.  You know stuff like growing a beard, staying up past midnight, and chopping down trees just for the hell of it.

Of course I didn’t do ANY of those things. Instead, all I did was use the time to be as productive as possible and spent my entire Friday afternoon (and night) catching up on programs that needed to be written, doing some (pleasure) reading, and then hanging out at Panera where I put the finishing touches on another article that I just submitted to T-Nation.  Oh, and I ate a lot of bacon.

And, just like the rest of the free world (or at least the parts that have an IMAX), I also went to see The Avengers. All I have to say is holy epicness.

What’s more, did you happen to see how much freakin money that thing made this past weekend?  It SHATTERED the previous opening weekend record – previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  I think it made something like a kazillion bajallion dollars.*  Crazy.

With money like that, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about Joss Whedon – the director – taking a martini bath every two hours.**

Anyways, it’s a gorgeous day here in Boston and we haven’t seen the sun in like a week.  Coincidentally, both Lisa and I have the day off and we’re going to take full advantage of it and walk around and enjoy the sites.  But, before I leave, here’s an exercise you should be doing.

Tall Kneeling Landmine

Who Did I Steal It From:  No one, technically.  But I know it’s been made popular by the likes of Mike Boyle and Gray Cook.

What Does It Do:  Since “core” training is all the rage just about everywhere you turn, it’s important to train it in a manner that it’s designed for. While there are several applicable “actions” of the core, this exercise specifically targets both rotatary stability and anti-extension.

  • Rotatary Stability:  Essentially this is akin to preventing unwanted motion – especially in the lumbo-pelvic-hip area. With this exercise it’s important to lock the center in place and to have as little motion as possible in that area.  Of note, when done correctly, this exercise also HAMMERS the external obliques.
  • Anti-Extension:  Again, while locking oneself into position, another key component of this exercise is to resist extension.

Key Coaching Cues:  One of (if the THE most) benefits of this movement is that it can be done anywhere, at any gym.  There’s no special equipment necessary. All you need is a barbell and a corner.  While you can’t see it in the video above, all the setup requires is placing the opposite end of the barbell in a corner so that it doesn’t slide around.

In terms of execution, the main point to consider is to emphasize a LONG-lever. In other words, try to keep your arms as straight as possible (maybe a very slight elbow bend) and focus on making as large of an arc as possible WITHOUT compensating.  Trust me, it’s much harder than it looks, and you won’t need a lot of weight to feel the effectiveness.

Furthermore, I like to tell people to dig their toes into the ground (more dorsiflexion) and to squeeze their glutes as hard as they possibly can.

I tend to shoot for anywhere between 5-8 repetitions per side, usually using the lower end with newbies and those who are generally weak.

Try it out today and let me know what you think!

* = rounded up.

** = you know, because that’s what rich people do. Right?

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