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Kipping pull-ups are among the most controversial exercises in CrossFit and other extreme fitness workout programs. Non-CrossFitters bash the movement as being an uncontrolled, non-functional, injury causing movement that allows CrossFit athletes to cheat rather than performing actual work. On the other hand, many CrossFit coaches...

James Tatum joins me this week to discuss improving positioning in the snatch for optimal performance and decreasing excessive strain on the body. James has won three national championships in weightlifting and has extensive knowledge in prepping athletes for maximal strength. I highly recommend checking out his...

Note from Zach: Big thanks to Meghan Callaway for writing this KILLER guest article. If you want to really dive deep into strengthening your pull-ups then I highly recommend checking out her "ULTIMATE PULL-UP PROGRAM".    The pull-up is such an empowering, effective, and fun exercise to...

When athletes exercise or coaches program training plans there is no lack of attention to sets, reps, variation in exercises, and providing sufficient stimulus for adaptations to occur. But the most overlooked training variable I see both from a performance standpoint and an injury factor...

Blood flow restriction training has recently emerged as a game changer in the rehab and sports performance worlds. While typically strength & hypertrophy gains aren’t seen without lifting weights greater than 65% of an individual’s one-rep maximum, with blood flow restriction training (BFR) similar gains...

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 athlete’s needs. Unfortunately, far too often we see programming without sufficient scaling options to ensure safe and effective workouts...

Big shocker coming….ankle dorsiflexion mobility is very important for optimizing movement in athletics. Okay maybe that isn’t the most shocking news. But perhaps no-where more than Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit is ankle mobility crucial to performance. So here are my five favorite ankle mobility movements! Need...

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,...

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 used to describe the excessive flexing of the lower back during squats. This puts the...