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This site is for the athlete, dancer, and persons looking to increase their performance, whether it is in the gym, on the field, or on the stage. At the end of the day, my goal is to divulge the hours of research and in-person experience aimed towards helping you move faster, get stronger, and live healthier.

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Foundational Coaching: Installment 3 – Developing an Arch

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Focusing internally as to what is occurring with the feet, ankles, and arches of the feet is something that is vastly underrated. If you are aiming for stability in your squat, deadlift, and any variation of single leg movements, your ability to control your arch on an subconscious and conscious level is of the utmost importance. Of the items that […]

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Abdominal Obliquables

Crush Your Ab Training with These 3 Principles

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When it comes to executing any exercise properly, attention needs to be paid towards these three things: Tension, Progressions Positioning What happens if we don’t pay attention to tension? There needs to be stiffness in certain areas, while adequate mobility needs to be demonstrated as well. This sounds contradictory in nature, yes, but the ability to express tension while maintaining […]

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13 Tips for Applying to Strength and Conditioning Internships (and Any Other Internship as Well)

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I’ve been getting several different questions both in person, over the phone, and from current and even past interns. These questions generally range from identifying what to do to get your foot in the door, to how to make decisions, and what kinds of steps to take when looking to expand your repertoire. I answered some of these questions individually, […]

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Magnifying Glass

Clarity and Distractions

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Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not. -Cal Newport, Deep Work What is clarity, and why is the pursuit of clarity important? In a world full of distraction, noise, bright lights and shiny things, when can you have clarity for your thoughts or your actions? The second definition of clarity, reading the “quality of being easy to […]

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CP MBs

Foundational Coaching: Installment 2 – Medicine Ball Drills

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In this series, I’m going to go over some of the basics with respect to how I progress medicine ball drills and how our youth athletes can best represent the idea of improving movement qualities of power and speed. Many times our youth athletes will come in one of three ways: very coordinated, somewhat coordinated, and very uncoordinated. This plays […]

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My Favorite Exercise Combinations: Installment 17 – Hands, Wrists, Forearms – Oh My!

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I’m continuously fascinated by how much one part of the body that seems so far away from another can affect another body part. In this case, I’m super interested in how a lack of flexibility can affect your hands and wrists! Interestingly, the most I can point to is the concept of relative stiffness from Sahrmann, and regional interdependence in […]

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Perspectives of a Dancer Turned Strength Coach

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Dancing has painted the way I view many things in life. To the way I longingly look at any shiny floor in any part of the world (there were some dope places in London that I wanted to dance at… but security stopped me from doing so), to the way I choose the songs I casually listen to, to the […]

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SIDE PLANK OWT

One Weird Trick – Installment 12 – Avoiding “The Claw” in the Side Plank

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Things to Familiarize With Yourself Before Continuing: 1. Shoulder Kinematics 2. Familiarity with “The Claw” How can you save yourself from the throes of “The Claw?”Humor and jokes aside, one item I’ve noticed over and over in both athletic and general population individuals is a lack of lateral stability, which can present itself proximally, and show up distally or further […]

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One Weird Trick – Installment 11 – Long Term Hip Adaptations

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One idea I’d like to identify with is that as strength coaches, and personal trainers, we have the ability to carry out movements that will deliver adaptations in a positive direction. In many movements, sometimes we can get people into the “correct positions,” however the intention is not followed through when the movement is executed. This is even more intrinsic […]

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BIRD DOG

Foundational Coaching: Installment 1 – The Bird Dog

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In this series I will be going over some basic exercise technique, along with introducing different cues to help the following individuals become a little more successful throughout their exercise routine. The first in this series has one of my online coaching clients demonstrating a bird dog. Now, I’m not sure why it’s called a bird dog, but it doesn’t […]

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