Upper Body

One of the first questions that CrossFit, powerlift, or Olympic weightlifting athletes ask me after a shoulder surgery such as a rotator cuff or labrum repair is “when can I squat after shoulder surgery?”With many shoulder surgeries, the shoulder position required to get set up...

Thanks to Pamela Gagnon for joining this week to discuss some bar muscle up assistance drills. This is a movement that a lot of fitness athletes have difficulty with as their technique robs them of performance! Pamela has some great insight into optimizing your technique.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBLrvnMSQr0Need...

Rib cage flare during overhead lifting is a common movement fault seen in fitness athletes. While it is not always an issue, quite often it needs to be addressed for better positioning as an athlete moves weight overhead.If you aren't familiar with the term rib...

A few weeks ago I published an article on BENCH PRESS MOBILITY where I outlined several of the key mobility areas to address to allow for proper bench press form. One of those areas was shoulder extension mobility, a commonly overlooked component of shoulder mobility that...

When most fitness athletes think of improving their mobility for squats and overhead presses, few consider the mobility needs of the bench. While it doesn’t usually require as much mobility attention as those lifts, I often find mobility limitations in athletes that impact their ability...

No two athletes are the same. And while we believe that in a group training setting all athletes will improve follow the same training, it is important to analyze each athlete individually as well to determine if large individual differences in performance warrants some individualization...

The push press is a great exercise for improving sports performance, but for a lot of people in the strength conditioning world, it's a really undervalued exercise in terms of analyzing how an athlete moves and figuring out what they need to work on to...

 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...

Note: This article is a bit heavier on the science than what I typically put out. BUT understanding WHY tendinopathy occurs is vitally important to properly rehabbing them. Please thoroughly read this before implementing with yourself.As clinicians, there are some injuries and dysfunctions we see...

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.18.9" text_orientation="center"]Developing the strength & skills necessary for progressing handstands and their variations are quite a task. Fortunately, CrossFit Games athlete and my partner in Performance Plus Programming, Pamela Gagnon is here to give us five tips for better handstands!.Be sure to...