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Core stability is the key to unlocking an athlete’s optimal performance potential. Without it, forces cannot be efficiently transferred from the lower body to the  upper extremities. The Dead Bug exercise is commonly thought of as a remedial core exercise best used in wimpy rehab...

Great Exercises You Are Not Doing For Performance, Injury Prevention, & Rehab  Great Exercises You Are Not Doing Single Leg Raise So, you want to deadlift, kettlebell swing, clean, snatch and jump? Great. But, can you touch your toes? How does your active single leg raise look? Great Exercises You...

There is a huge misconception in the fitness and rehab worlds. Far too often, we label exercises as good or bad for all athletes. Many preach that squats are a must in every athlete’s fitness program and exercises such as behind the neck press’ should...

Thoracic spine mobility is vital to optimal performance and execution of the overhead lifts, such as the snatch or overhead squat. But proper mobility requires more than just stretching the joints. It demands active control and stability throughout the full range of motion. Use the following drills...

In this video, I work with Dr. Brian Campbell of Xcel Movement and Performance to cover the proper way to protect your spine during the performance of the Glute Ham Sit Up.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbtxSU4zxDs[/embed]Muscles Working When you're doing the Glute Ham Sit Up, you got a couple muscles that are...

Muscle Up Series Part 2 – Transitional Movement Drills Once an athlete has demonstrated competency in all the Muscle Up Framework Movements presented in Part I of this series, combining these movements will allow the athlete to learn the muscle up utilizing proper movement patterns. Mastering...

Muscle Up Series Part I – Framework Movement Circuit The muscle up is a complex skill requiring great strength, coordination, and flexibility. In part 1 of this series, Framework Movements are broken down with drills and progressions for all skill levels. These are to be...

The Big Picture:A misinterpretation of upper-crossed syndrome has led clinicians to believe that the "overactive" upper trap should only be stretched and never strengthened, but they neglect to realize their vital contribution to effective upward rotation and allowing athletes to be strong in the overhead...

Had the opportunity to speak with Dan Pope of FitnessPainFree.com recently to discuss the Sumo Deadlift High Pull safety and effectiveness . The Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDHP) is an often controversial exercise as the internally rotated, high elbow position seen at the top of the...

Rhabdomyolysis is a rare medical condition that can result from intense physical exercise. When "rhabdo" occurs, severe muscle damage leads to the release of skeletal muscle contents into the plasma and can lead to serious medical problems, including death. While many fitness certifications address the...