Active and Dead Hanging

How long can you hang from a bar or rings for?

Have you ever tried to join in with your kids on the monkey bars? Did you manage to get to the end of the bars with them?

All of these childhood games we used to be so apt at, have now suddenly become a lot more challenging eh? Use it or lose it…. isn’t that what they say?! Well, it kind of makes sense.

So what are the benefits of hanging around then?

Spinal decompression (good for the back and ’stretching’ the spine), stretching out the lats (those big muscles like wings on your back, that I bang on about a lot!), improving and strengthening overhead position (which helps in military press, snatch and just general shoulder health). Not too mention improving grip strength and endurance (which we need for Kettlebell swings and who doesn’t love them!)

 I urge you all to try to hang for as long as you can, if not every day, then as often as possible. If you don’t have a pull up bar an hour home, get to the park and hang from the bars there!

Build your time, keep adding a little more on each day or each time you are able to get hanging.

Dead v Active Hanging

The difference between dead and active hanging is:

Dead Hanging: When you hang with straight arms

Active Hanging: You are creating tension through the torso by actively depressing shoulders down (creating space between shoulders and ears) and creating that slight hollow body hold through the torso. 

GWTP now has gymnastic rings at workouts, so be sure to challenge me to a hang off! Everyone loves a challenge eh?

Lets get hanging folks!