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The Science of Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood flow restriction training has received huge amounts of attention in the strength & conditioning, rehabilitation, and research worlds. Its’ proponents cite huge amounts of research showing it a valuable tool for promoting strength and hypertrophy gains. In the first of this article, series, we will do a general overview of the science behind blood flow restriction training. In part 2,...
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How to Return to Exercise after Pregnancy

NOTE: if you are interested in diving deep into exercise after pregnancy, please check out Dr. Sarah Ellis Duvall’s course POST-PARTUM CORRECTIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIST! When we look at postpartum recovery I see two kinds of women at the one-year postpartum mark: one is super fit, athletic and frankly looks like she never had a child (even though she has had...
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Overhead Lifting After An Injury

Overhead Lifting After An Injury In the following video, I discuss my three favorite exercises for athletes returning to overhead lifting after an injury. Training during an injury is important for maintaining health & fitness. Returning to overhead lifting after an injury can be difficult and for the fitness athlete or the CrossFitter, Olympic weightlifter. Because, almost every single workout...
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Testing the Hips and Core with the Push Press

The push press (PP) is a fantastic exercise for building upper body strength, core-to-extremity coordination, and full-body power. But it also provides excellent insight into the movement patterns of athletes. Here are the key movement principles you need to look at with the PP. Push Press Technique Transcript Thanks for joining me today. We’re going to take a little bit...
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The Best Kettlebell Rehab Exercises

The kettlebell is a fantastic training tool for athletes and the general population to build strength, stability, coordination, conditioning, and sports performance. It is also one of the most undervalued pieces of equipment used by physical therapists and chiropractors in the rehabilitation of injuries. Here are my favorite kettlebell rehab exercises. For more rehab exercises, see my articles on the...
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The Best Quick Ankle Mobility Fix

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 weekend warrior or elite Olympic weightlifter. Restricted ankle mobility can significantly alter movement patterns. It will make obtaining full depth squats very difficult, and has been associated with a  variety of injuries. Fixing stiff ankles...
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Hanging Band Technique for Serious Shoulder Stability

The use of hanging band technique for shoulder rehab and performance gains has become very popular on my various social media accounts, and for a good reason….this training tool works! While I’ve used this throughout the body, I’ve found the athletes that I work with respond very well to utilizing this tool for the shoulder. By hanging weights from resistance...
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Is Knee Valgus Always Bad in Weight Lifting?

The debate around knee valgus in lifting remains hot with frequent social media fights erupting when an athlete’s form is criticized. I ask that anyone wanting to discuss this with me in social media comments or emailing me please read this article in its entirety. When I first wrote this article, I sat on it for a while before publishing....
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Brace Yourself! A bigger squat is coming…

More people than ever are squatting and squatting often. Whether for performance or personal goals, many have become focused on improving their squat, and, quite honestly, I don’t blame them. spinal bracing  When the goal is to load more weight on the bar and move it as efficiently and safely as possible, creating stiffness and rigidity through the core is crucial....
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