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Thanks to Pamela Gagnon for joining this week to discuss Toes To Bar efficiency. This is a movement that a lot of fitness athletes have difficulty wit...

I am excited to have my good friend Dr Mitch Babcock of FitnessTx contribute this amazing research review on the safety of deep squats. Squats unfort...

Rib cage flare during overhead lifting is a common movement fault seen in fitness athletes. While it is not always an issue, quite often it needs to b...

A few weeks ago I published an article on BENCH PRESS MOBILITY where I outlined several of the key mobility areas to address to allow for proper benc...

While deadlifts are commonly blamed and thought of as a low back destroyer, research on back pain tends to say just the opposite. Crazy right? An exer...

When most fitness athletes think of improving their mobility for squats and overhead presses, few consider the mobility needs of the bench. While it d...

No matter what recreational activity you choose to follow, if you are moving with intensity, training with volume, and pursuing this activity for mont...

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to reflect on the past year. I published 48 new articles on TheBarbellPhysio.com this year, launched Performance Plus...

  Kipping pull-ups are among the most controversial exercises in CrossFit and other extreme fitness workout programs. Non-CrossFitters bash the m...

Without a doubt the most common complaint I hear from athletes is that they have “tight hip flexors”. Most of the time they’ve spent...

James Tatum joins me this week to discuss improving positioning in the snatch for optimal performance and decreasing excessive strain on the body. Jam...

In sports and fitness, the ability to get your body into proper positions is incredibly important to properly executing movements with efficiency to m...

Back injuries happen when you’ve trained hard and long enough. While I will be the FIRST medical professional to tell you that heavy training should...

By Chris Gai and Madison Franek (Evidence Based Movement) If you’re on this site you’ve probably heard of, seen, or maybe even been that athlete, ...

The hip hinge is a fundamental movement pattern needed for both sports training and activities of daily living. But many individuals struggle with per...

This week I’m joined by CrossFit games athlete and gymnastics & body weight strength specialist Pamela Gagnon to discuss the hollow body pos...

The front rack can be a very difficult position for many fitness athletes to get into, and without a solid front rack, Olympic lifting and front squat...

The best fitness professionals have a plethora of exercises they can pull out at a moment’s notice to scale a movement based on a client or athl...

The best fitness professionals have a plethora of exercises they can pull out at a moment’s notice to scale a movement based on a client or athl...

The best fitness professionals have a plethora of exercises they can pull out at a moment’s notice to scale a movement based on a client or athl...

The muscle up is a CrossFit skill that often takes athletes a long time to develop and perfect. I’ve previously published two articles (1 and 2)...

The squat butt wink is one of the most well known and dreaded of all squat movement faults. If you haven’t heard of butt wink before, it is the term...

The squat, perhaps more than any other movement pattern, allows the opportunity for the analysis of an athlete’s mobility and stability as they per...

Kettlebells are undoubtedly one of the most effective pieces of equipment for the development of strength and conditioning. But most don’t yet ...

TRX and other suspension trainers are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment for the physical therapist, chiropractor, or other rehab professio...

NOTE: if you are interested in diving deep into providing top quality health & fitness care for postpartum women, PLEASE check out Dr Sarah Ellis ...

Overhead Lifting After An Injury We’re going to talk a little bit about my three favorite exercises for helping an athlete who’s dealt wit...

The kettlebell is a fantastic training tool for athletes and the general population to build strength, stability, coordination, conditioning, and spor...

The keys to a proper squat There are a few important keys to a proper squat that we need to follow as we look at what makes a safe and efficient squa...

Ankle mobility is without a doubt the most commonly found mobility limitation I see in the fitness athletes that I work with, whether that is the week...

How to Warm Up for Squats What’s up barbell nation? Dr. Zach Long from thebarbellphysio.com here. Thanks for joining me today. We’re going...

The band pull through is an often forgotten exercise that really needs to be in more athletes fitness and rehabilitation programs. This loaded variati...

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by CrossFit athletes and coaches are what the best mobility movements are for a CrossFit athlete...

In a workout with lots of overhead work (pressing, jerks, snatches) getting in some solid prep work is crucial to optimal performance. The below vide...

One of the most common conditions I treat is patellofemoral pain, which is just a fancy way of saying anterior knee pain around the patella. While a v...

The squat is the king of all exercises, unrivaled in its ability to build explosive hip strength, power, and develop athletes. Unfortunately, anterior...

A lot of athletes are limited when it comes to hip internal rotation. side plank for hip internal rotation When hip internal rotation is limited, it c...

The use of banded joint mobilizations to improve mobility has become commonplace in CrossFit boxes, gyms, and into physical therapy clinics. People a...

Great Exercises You Are Not Doing For Performance, Injury Prevention, & Rehab Great Exercises You Are Not Doing Single Leg Raise So, you want to...

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 squ...

Rhabdomyolysis is a rare medical condition that can result from intense physical exercise. When “rhabdo” occurs, severe muscle damage lead...

The pistol squat is a highly challenging bodyweight movement common to CrossFit workouts. This exercise not only requires strength, but balance and a ...

The squat is a fundaments movement to athletic performance, but a shocking number of athletes demonstrate a faulty movement pattern during a squat. Fr...

Loaded carries are great for conditioning, rehabilitation, and stability work in individual’s of all physical activity levels. Loaded carries ca...

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....

My latest article was just published in CrossFit Journal on the mobility and motor control needs of the squat. Great read for any athlete or coach loo...

The fitness athlete must be able to perform a full depth squat.  The squat is the single most important training tool for developing hip power in ath...

Attention Fitness Athletes,   Many athletes spend too much time trying to improve their mobility and reap little benefit from their hard work. To...

Wanted to share this shortened version of an article I wrote at themanualtherapist.com on the five most common mobility restrictions I see in CrossFit...

The Reach, Roll, Lift (RRL) is one of my favorite upper extremity exercises. For me, it makes both a great treatment as well as a good assessment tool...

Pinching in the  hips during squats is one of the most common complaints I hear from CrossFitters and weightlifters. A variety of restrictions can le...

  A variety of lower extremity injuries can occur as a result of decreased ankle mobility, specifically decreased dorsiflexion (see my posts on t...

The Olympic snatch is a frequently used exercise is strength & conditioning programs, and for good reason.  This exercise allows the athlete to l...

Over the past 6 or so months I have been experimenting with VooDoo bands promoted by Kelly Starrett of mobilitywod.com Mobility bands from Edge Mobil...

Weightlifting for Children For years, strength training and weightlifting have been used by adolescents and adults to improve their sports performance...

The Importance of Dorsiflexion for Lower Extremity Functioning I have spent the last year working on research projects around the need for proper dors...

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