Exercises

Weightlifting Mobility 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....

Zach Greenwald of StrengthRatio.com joins us again, this time to discuss why we need better tempo control during weightlifting for both strength gains and injury prevention. So often, those of us in the CrossFit and Olympic Lifting worlds perform slow concentric lifts with rapid, uncontrolled lowering. This...

The squat, perhaps more than any other movement pattern, allows the opportunity for the analysis of an athlete’s mobility and stability as they perform the exercise. Subtle restrictions in mobility and stability can not only decrease strength and power, but may also increase an athlete’s risk of injury....

Kettlebells are undoubtedly one of the most effective pieces of equipment for the development of strength and conditioning. But most don't yet know the effectiveness of kettlebell mobility drills to improve motion and movement rapidly. If you want a comprehensive hip mobility program, check out my Hip Mobility...

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...

Strength off the floor is very commonly a limiting factor in individual’s deadlifts, cleans, and snatches. With these lifts, the “first pull”, from the floor to approximately when the bar is at the knee, sets the stage for the rest of the lift. If an...

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...

Blood flow restriction training is one of the newest training tools to hit both the rehab and performance worlds and with good reason, there is a lot of research coming out supporting the use of this modality for strength and hypertrophy gains. In the first...

Assessing Readiness to Train I recently had the opportunity to speak with Zach Greenwald of StrengthRatio.com to talk about a simple test he uses for two purposes: first, assessing readiness to train heavily on a given day. Second, are you recovered enough between sets to perform at max...

The Best Blood Flow Restriction Bands I am frequently asked about the best devices for performing blood flow restriction training. As with any trend in the fitness world, many manufacturers have come out with products recently. And like most fitness tools, the best device is highly...