Lower Body

Sub-optimal glute activation 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 hip (glute) versus knee dominance in athletes. Analyzing...

Here’s what you need to knowSimply said, our Western society has lost the ability to squat. And no, just because you participate in CrossFit doesn’t leave you exempt from this list.  You are just as, if not more, likely to be injured during squat emphasized...

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...

Over the past two months I’ve used TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) more than I ever have and with great results.Normally, TENS is rarely used by me in treatment plans and only saved for those in severe pain needing a temporary “break”.Lately though, TENS has...

My latest article was just published in CrossFit Journal on the mobility and motor control needs of the squat. Great read for any athlete or coach looking to better understand the mechanics of this movement!Click image below to read the article.  ...

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...

Attention Fitness Athletes, Many athletes spend too much time trying to improve their mobility and reap little benefit from their hard work.Today, you are going to learn the quickest and most effective way to improve your mobility and performance.Most fitness athletes understand how important mobility is...

Over the past two months, my clean has gone from 275lbs to 295lbs! Given that I’ve been weightlifting for a long time, this big of a jump in such a short period is really great! hip internal rotationWhat’s even better is that I did this without significantly changing my training plan! (My normal CrossFit routine).More impressive, in the six months prior to this my clean only improved ten pounds. So in one-third of the time, I doubled my gains!So how did I gain so much more in less time? I simply improved my hip internal rotation!

Dr. E of themanualtherapist.com recently shared a video for assessing lateral tibial glide which is commonly restricted in those with ankle mobility restrictions, knee collapse during squat patterns, or knee pain. Since he posted I have made this a regular part of my assessment. See it...