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The pistol squat is a highly challenging bodyweight movement common to CrossFit workouts. This exercise not only requires strength, but balance and a high amount of body awareness. For many, the pistol squat is too challenging to safely perform. [convertkit form=4951225]The following are my favorite variations...

Shoulder Internal Rotation ’s Impact on the Athlete and FitnessShoulder internal rotation (IR) mobility is one of the most commonly restricted motions I see in fitness athletes. It is also one of the least self-treated areas by athletes. [convertkit form=4951225]For the weightlifting/CrossFit populations, limited shoulder IR...

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by the fitness athletes that I work with is how to improve overhead stability, as they feel weak during movements such as overhead squats, snatches, and jerks.For most of these athletes, a focus on strengthening the muscles...

The squat is a fundaments movement to athletic performance, but a shocking number of athletes demonstrate a faulty movement pattern during a squat. Frequently, mobility is to blame when quite commonly, motor control issues are often to blame. To learn how to determine if mobility...

Loaded carries are great for conditioning, rehabilitation, and stability work in individual's of all physical activity levels. Loaded carries can be easily scaled and the many loaded carry variations make it useful for almost anyone's training program.Recently, I did a #12daysofcarries campaign on my various...

If asked to analyze an athlete’s mobility and movement patterns with just one test, I would choose the overhead squat test. If allowed a second, I would have to choose the hip hinge. The hip hinge is a fantastic tool for assessing an athlete's ability to...

Whether in the clinic or in the gym, on a daily basis people tell me they have tight hip flexors.They've seen a YouTube video about how tight hip flexors can cause problems or their local PT / Chrio / Massage Therapist has repeatedly told them that...

Sub-optimal glute activation is one of the most common faults I see in athletes. This can lead to a host of injuries as well as decreased performance.We've previously discussed using the push press as a test of hip (glute) versus knee dominance in athletes. Analyzing...

Here’s what you need to knowSimply said, our Western society has lost the ability to squat. And no, just because you participate in CrossFit doesn’t leave you exempt from this list.  You are just as, if not more, likely to be injured during squat emphasized...