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An athlete getting their first unassisted pull-up is a major accomplishment. For many it takes months or years of training to build the strength to finally get their chin over the bar. For others, they spin their wheels never making enough progress. The 3 steps...

There are a lot of factors in the bench press that can make or break your success in the movement. If you want to increase your bench press you need to be aware of the things that can go wrong, you might sacrifice your strength potential,...

If you want to maximize your performance with handstand pushups, walking, and other variations it is crucial that you have great handstand mobility to get into optimal positions. Many athletes lack the necessary mobility and as a result their performance is hindered. Here's what you can...

The kipping pull-up is often a polarizing debate in the fitness community. I've written about this many times and my viewpoint is that when done properly, the kipping pull-up is a good upper body pulling plus conditioning exercise (read this article for more). The shoulder...

One of my favorite diagnoses to treat in CrossFit athletes is SLAP tears because quite frequently athletes have been told they have only one option…surgery. But in reality many people with SLAP tears in their shoulder can successfully rehab back to full shoulder health and...

One of the most common problems I treat with CrossFit athletes is shoulder pain with kipping pull-ups. This injury can happen for several different reasons as I discuss with my Performance Plus Programming partner Pamela Gagnon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiYL0Luc9jg . Common Areas Leading to Shoulder Pain With Kipping Pull-ups . Lack...

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=aBLrvnMSQr0 Need...

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...