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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...

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...

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 incorporated...

I'm joined by Dan Pope of FitnessPainFree.com to discuss the Sumo Deadlift High Pull safety and effectiveness. The Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDHP) is an often controversial exercise.  Many believe the internally rotated, high elbow position at the top of the movement to be a dangerous position....

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...

More than any other area in the body, athletes regularly tell me that they have tight hip flexors or pain in their hip flexors. Commonly this has been something they've self-diagnosed after watching a youtube video or reading a blog. Or maybe they've had a...

Sub-optimal glute strength 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 the hip (glute) versus knee dominance in athletes....