Mobility

There is a huge misconception in the fitness and rehab worlds. Far too often, we label exercises as good or bad for all athletes. Many preach that squats are a must in every athlete’s fitness program and exercises such as behind the neck press’ should...

Thoracic spine mobility is vital to optimal performance and execution of the overhead lifts, such as the snatch or overhead squat. But proper mobility requires more than just stretching the joints. It demands active control and stability throughout the full range of motion. Use the following drills...

In this video, I work with Dr. Brian Campbell of Xcel Movement and Performance to cover the proper way to protect your spine during the performance of the Glute Ham Sit Up.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbtxSU4zxDs[/embed]Muscles Working When you're doing the Glute Ham Sit Up, you got a couple muscles that are...

Muscle Up Series Part 2 – Transitional Movement Drills Once an athlete has demonstrated competency in all the Muscle Up Framework Movements presented in Part I of this series, combining these movements will allow the athlete to learn the muscle up utilizing proper movement patterns. Mastering...

Muscle Up Series Part I – Framework Movement Circuit The muscle up is a complex skill requiring great strength, coordination, and flexibility. In part 1 of this series, Framework Movements are broken down with drills and progressions for all skill levels. These are to be...

The Big Picture:A misinterpretation of upper-crossed syndrome has led clinicians to believe that the "overactive" upper trap should only be stretched and never strengthened, but they neglect to realize their vital contribution to effective upward rotation and allowing athletes to be strong in the overhead...

Had the opportunity to speak with Dan Pope of FitnessPainFree.com recently to discuss the Sumo Deadlift High Pull safety and effectiveness . The Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDHP) is an often controversial exercise as the internally rotated, high elbow position seen at the top of the...

The pistol squat is a highly challenging bodyweight movement common to CrossFit workouts. This exercise not only requires strength, but balance and a high amount of body awareness. For many, the pistol squat is too challenging to safely perform. [convertkit form=4951225]The following are my favorite variations...

Shoulder Internal Rotation ’s Impact on the Athlete and FitnessShoulder internal rotation (IR) mobility is one of the most commonly restricted motions I see in fitness athletes. It is also one of the least self-treated areas by athletes. [convertkit form=4951225]For the weightlifting/CrossFit populations, limited shoulder IR...

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by the fitness athletes that I work with is how to improve overhead stability, as they feel weak during movements such as overhead squats, snatches, and jerks.For most of these athletes, a focus on strengthening the muscles...