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Best Exercises to Address Muscular Imbalances

We all have training biases that ultimately can lead to muscle imbalances. If left unchecked, these imbalances can impact performance and lead to an increased risk of injury. I asked nine of the best rehab and fitness professionals I know to share what they use as “the best exercises to address muscular imbalances”. The Yoak Shown here are Yoak Pushups, but...
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Is Your Upper Body Holding Your Squat Back?

Most people don’t think of the upper body when performing a back squat.  It’s generally thought of as a lower body strength training movement.  But if you don’t have certain pre-requisites of squat upper body mobility, it can lead to shoulder, low back, and lower body issues. In order to get yourself under the bar in the proper position during...
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Bird Dog 2.0 – The Best Variations for Serious Strength

The bird dog, traditionally programmed for people who either are doing some low back rehab or trying to work on some spinal stability, can be one tough exercise. Rotary stability, glute activation, anterior core control, scapular stability, and lower trap development. Very few athletes, coaches, and clinicians understand how valuable the bird dog can be beyond simply a rehab exercise....
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The Best Drills for Muscle-Up Mobility

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) to help you create a framework for developing this movement. The drills give you a great progression to get your first muscle-up. BUT THERE IS ONE PROBLEM…WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE PROPER MOBILITY TO PERFORM...
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Top 5 Olympic Weightlifting Mobility Needs

Weightlifting Mobility Needs As much as any other sport, Olympic weightlifting requires incredible mobility if an athlete is to perform the lifts with proper technique and lift maximum weights. Without enough mobility, athletes will lack full depth and positioning, as well as expose themselves to potential injuries. Olympic weightlifting mobility Thoracic Spine A mobile thoracic spine is crucial to the...
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Hip Hinge Testing and Fixes

If you’re an Olympic weightlifter, a cross fitter, powerlifter, fitness athlete in general, something that you do probably every single workout is a hip hinge pattern. Really being able to perfect that movement pattern is going to go a long way toward your performance and your long-term health. Hip Hinge Video Transcript By the hip hinge pattern, what do I...
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STOP STATIC STRETCHING TO IMPROVE HIP MOBILITY

The fitness world has come a long way in our understanding of the importance mobility work has on athletic performance. Mobility tools and drills are becoming commonplace in gyms, CrossFit boxes, and on the playing field. Unfortunately, most athletes performing these hip mobility drills have yet to figure out that much of their mobility work does not result in real performance...
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The Best TRX Rehab Exercises

TRX and other suspension trainers are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment for the physical therapist, chiropractor, or other rehab professionals to use in the treatment of injuries. The exercise variety and ease of quickly altering the load of the exercise makes it great for individuals of all fitness levels. I’m thrilled to share this compilation of the...
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The Application of Blood Flow Restriction for Strength & Performance

As we previously covered in Parts I and II, blood flow restriction training has emerged as a game-changing rehab and performance tools. While traditional resistance exercise strength & hypertrophy must be done with heavy loads, blood flow restriction is the opposite. With blood flow restriction strength and hypertrophy gains have been shown in research at loads as low as 20%...
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