5 Accessories to Improve your Lifts and Prevent Injury

You train hard, you press most days and squat like a Bulgarian but you’re still not seeing the improvements you would expect? Or do you have issues with certain lifts that you just can’t iron out?

It’s likely that there is a weakness within the kinetic chain that just isn’t up to par. Remember a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

So what we mean by this is that you may have strong quads, glutes and back, but your hamstrings are lagging behind, ultimately holding you back from executing an efficient lift.

This is where accessory work comes into play. Accessories are exercises aimed at specific muscles or movements to build/improve deficiencies within the bigger lifts, i.e. bench press, overhead press, squat or deadlift.

With the uprising of more ‘functional’ and compound moves, the more isolated accessory exercises have been exiled. However, this can lead to various limitations or even injuries within an athlete if specific weaknesses are not addressed.

Training programs such as the Conjugate Method, which makes use of high volume of training load concentrated on accessories, has proven time and time again the importance of accessory moves to not only prevent injury but also increase load capacity.

The following 5 exercises are an example of effective accessory moves that you can incorporate into your training routine to help improve performance and assist in injury prevention.

Banded push-up:


Banded push-ups are an excellent exercise to improve your pressing and lock out strength.

Banded triceps pull down:


Banded pull downs can really isolate the triceps to assist with lock out strength and control.

Good mornings:


Build hamstring strength and control with good mornings. Try using a band for some variety. Good Mornings are a great way to activate those Hamstrings after a solid day of pumping out emails at work.

Weighted bridge:


Are your Glutes letting you down? Then weighted bridges are a great exercise to bring them up to par. These exercises work hand in hand with banded good mornings to 

Glute-ham raises


This one is on the tougher side but when executed well can develop great glute and hamstring strength.

If you feel you are lacking in an area but not sure what exactly requires extra attention, then book in for an Initial Physio Assessment at one of Evolutio’s locations in South Yarra, or Kew . The Physio’s will run you through a comprehensive examination of both functional and specific movements to determine particular deficiencies. They will also work closely with you to optimise muscular balance and movement patterns. 

James is a passionate and explosive AFL back pocket. He is a physio at  Evolutio in Melbourne coming from an experienced background in AFL and High level Strength and Conditioning.  James Currently works out of our South Yarra clinic at GW Performance on Tuesday afternoons and Fridays, Kew at the Workshop 3101 on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Bookings with James for Physio can be made here




Alex Drew

Raised as a sandgroper over in W.A, Alex was handed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and asked to leave the university lecturers in peace for good.  As a matter of filling his time, he also graduated from the Royal Military College as an Infantry Officer in 2008 after finally pointing his rifle in the right direction and making his bed to an elite level.

Moving to Melbourne in 2010 in an episode similar to that movie Coyote ugly, Alex has since worked in a few sports physio clinics across Melbourne, coached CrossFit, done power-lifting training courses, walked a 45km mt buller trail run and worked at North Melbourne football club.

Alex founded Evolutio in 2013 to provide a hub for the next generation of great physio minds to work together on high level athletes. 

He writes on business, leadership and mens health.