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Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2016’

Half Kneeling 1 Arm KB Press

One Weird Trick: Installment 8 – Improve Your Kettlebell Pressing Strength Instantly

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There is a thought process that performing several different variations of a pressing, rowing, or various abdominal exercises in a half kneeling position will be beneficial for several reasons: Challenge unilateral lower body stability, Split a pelvis in order to recruit deep stabilizers in the hip, and [Re]-introduce the lunging pattern to an individual that can’t get into a this […]

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Jigsaw

Redefining “Dysfunctional”, and Finding Pieces to the Puzzle

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A funny thing keeps on happening as I continue through the off-season for many of my clients: many individuals still have some sort of dysfunction present on a neuromuscular level. What I mean by this is that despite the advanced assessment process, despite auditing how someone moves, and despite controlling for as many variables as I can from an exercise […]

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My Favorite Exercise Combinations: Installment 15 – Building Up the Squat

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The overhead squat is a coveted screen and assessment tool used by many in the fitness, strength community, and rehab worlds. Many live and die by this movement, and others do not place much priority on it. This combination will look at my own experiences and observations in the overhead squat, along with providing pragmatic application of exercises that will hopefully […]

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Six Pack

One Weird Trick: Installment 7 – Roll Out, Roll Out

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Many times in our quest for six-packedness, we embark on several different exercises that are targeted towards our abs. In reality, what is the true, underlying solution towards revealing a six-pack? Positive hormonal changes due to sleep, nutrition, and training derived changes, along with slight hypertrophy of the obliques. (I say obliques intentionally, because many times the rectus abdominis could […]

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DB Snatch Phases

My Favorite Exercise Combinations: Installment 14 – Improve Your Speed Today

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There are tons of ways to improve explosiveness and athleticism. One of the coveted ideas for achieving athleticism involves “triple extension” – extension of the hips, knees, and ankles in a very rapid manner. Since there are a plethora of exercises can help develop the quality of explosiveness and power, many may throw the baby out with the bath water, instead […]

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One Weird Trick: Installment 6 – They Say Jump, You Say, “How High?”

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Whenever I am working with athletes on a new drill, there are two interesting things that can occur on the gym floor: Lack of motoric control (inability to control range of motion, so movement is clunky/awkward) Lack of specific mobility (lack of authentic movement pattern from appropriate musculature due to a bony, hard structure or a soft tissue problem, effectively […]

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Grocery Store Tiles

My Favorite Exercise Combinations: Installment 13 – Just a Hop, Skip, and Jump Away

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Throughout the years of working with youth athletes, I’ve begun to notice a trend – many don’t have the ability to perform coordinated movements that are outside of their specific sports! General biases aside, many athletes do not have the ability to coordinate and move well! With this in mind, check out this combination of exercises in order to re-educate your […]

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