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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – Maintaining an Environment

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This is a guest post that originally published on Tony Bonvechio’s site BonvecStrength.com. For the original article, go here. —- I have the fortune of sharing barbells, weights, chalk, and sometimes strange smells with the likes of Tony Gentilcore, Greg Robins, Tony Bonvechio, and Eric Cressey, (and now Nancy Newell) along with the various interns that lift heavy stuff. Having these […]

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POSTERIOR PELVIC TILT

Foundational Coaching: Installment 5 – Discovering the Posterior Pelvic Tilt

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When coaching many athletes and clients throughout the years, various off-seasons, in-seasons, along with various injuries and movement capacities (that is, whether or not someone understands how to move when given a simple cue) I have come to appreciate that not everyone understands what may be going when it comes to their own bodies. Intellectually, they might understand how to […]

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BREATHING YOUTUBE

Foundational Coaching: Installment 4 – Breathing for Performance

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One item that I find myself coaching over and over involves the concept of breathing, along with how to approach it for various exercises. Whether or not this biases me as “the breathing guy” at my facility doesn’t matter to me – if I can use and manipulate my breathing to do the task at hand, I’ll do it. Essentially […]

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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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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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