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Brainstorm

Musings & Things That Make You Go, “Hmm…” – 1/21/17

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For what it is worth, whenever I see the crowd do one thing, I will often opt to go and do the opposite. Barring running towards danger, this is often how I operate, just reverse engineering things. Do you reflect on your thoughts? Because they become actions eventually. Yes, there is no time like the present, and perfect is the enemy […]

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CSP

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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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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ARCH

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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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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Miguel Aragoncillo 203

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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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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Matt Damon

What Are You Doubling Down On?

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What Are You Double Downing On? Gambling has never been my strong point. Whenever I go to a casino, I usually play it safe by hanging out with friends, watching them play craps, roulette, or going off on my own to the penny slots or quarter slots myself. I’m positive a good chunk of change (read: I’m up about $1200 […]

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