What even is compression?

Whenever I mention compression drills, I’m always asked this…and honestly, that’s a fair question, since it’s more of a niche term…

Compression is essentially end range strength.

It requires both flexibility and strength.

You also have to consider at end range, you have a mechanical disadvantage (active insufficiency) since the muscle is shortened. But since I’ve brought up active and passive insufficiency, let’s go ahead and define them:

Active insufficiency is when your muscle is shortened and you’re trying to contract it. Essentially, the muscle fibers are more overlapped and therefore less efficient at contracting.

Passive insufficiency is when your muscle is stretched and you’re trying to contract it. Essentially the muscle fibers are at less of an overlap into their less efficient at contracting at it as well. When there is optimal overlap of muscle fibers, a muscle will be more efficient at contracting.

Okay, so now we defined those, we can go back to compression. This end range strength is especially important for things like press handstands, especially stalder press handstands, L sits, V sits, and hanging abs like toes to bar or hanging leg lifts!

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