Exercises

In my recent CrossFit Journal article "Analyzing the Handstand Position", I outline a series of tests that can be employed to determine the handstand mobility and handstand stability deficits that are impacting an athlete's ability to perform a handstand (and its' variations) with optimal efficiency.Last...

In my recent CrossFit Journal article "Analyzing the Handstand Position", I outline a series of tests that can be employed to analyze handstand mobility and stability deficits that are impacting an athlete's ability to perform a handstand (and its' variations) with optimal efficiency.The following are my...

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 athletes and having proper mobility and technique is crucial to performing the squat in the safest and most efficient way...

Thoracic mobility is one of the most important mobility drills for the fitness athlete. The thoracic spine plays a huge role in keeping the shoulders and the lumbar spine working properly, and pain free. To test thoracic mobility, I look at rotation each direction. This lets me know if there is a unilateral restriction. Limited rotation also means there will be decreased extension in the thoracic spine.For a full thoracic spine mobility plan, check out my THORACIC MOBILITY OVERHAUL PROGRAM.

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Last week's Mobility Minute covered the Hip Hinge pattern and how to assess if an athlete has difficulty loading the hips without putting the spine in poor positions. Closely related to the hip hinge is the need for adequate hamstring flexibility. Without proper hamstring flexibility, maintaining...

 Last week we discussed how to test flexibility of the latissimus dorsi (lat) muscle to improve overhead mobility. This week we will look at the Reach, Roll, & Lift (RR&L) which is a great exercise for assessing the overhead stability of athletes. It also makes...

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 for athletes. The movement requires optimal shoulder overhead mobility and stability of the scapulohumeral musculature.[caption id="attachment_2239" align="aligncenter" width="1001"]Reach, Roll, and Lift Reach, Roll, and Lift[/caption]

While not an exact science, examination of the ratios of various weightlifting ratios can help a lifter identify what areas to focus on in their programming. For example, the suggested optimal ratio for the snatch compared to the clean and jerk is 0.78 - 0.83....

The Olympic snatch is a frequently used exercise is strength & conditioning programs, and for good reason.  This exercise allows the athlete to lift very explosively and with biomechanics similar to that seen in many other athletic movements such running and jumping.  However, this exercise is highly technical and requires time and a good coach to learn how to master.The simplest explanation of the snatch is that it is a weightlifting exercise in which the athlete lifts a barbell from the ground to an overhead position in one explosive and continuous movement.Snatch Set Up and Catch