Finding the Best Squat Stance for Performance, Hip and Lower Back Health

squatAndOlympicLifts Finding the Best Squat Stance for Performance, Hip and Lower Back HealthProper squatting forms the basis of any performance system and is essential to meaningful function as an athlete and human.  This includes all populations including the elderly (might need to scale though, bro).  As an athlete and as a practitioner who treats fellow CrossFitters frequently, one of the things I love is the emphasis on the squat pattern. But with high squatting volume in any performance system we need to ensure it’s reproducible and leading to potential injury. Continue reading

New Fitness Pain Free Affiliate Programming!

Evolution to crossfit addiction New Fitness Pain Free Affiliate Programming!I’ve got some great news for you.  I’ve made some huge new changes with the fitness pain free crossfit programming.  Most importantly, the programming is now affiliate friendly.  I’ve received several emails from coaches out there wondering if this program was an appropriate fit for their gym.  I can now say that it certainly is.  I’ve gone through the process of making it easy to plug this programming directly into your box.  Now you don’t have to spend countless hours devising the perfect program for your gym and you can spend more time as a coach. Continue reading

The Best Mobility Drills and Progressions for the Ring Muscle-Up

muscle up The Best Mobility Drills and Progressions for the Ring Muscle UpWe all know and love the ring muscle-up.  It’s a fun exercise and feels great the first time we accomplish our first rep.  On the flip side of the coin, it’s also an exercise that can lead to injury if done poorly.

One of the biggest problems I see with the muscle-up is a lack of guided progression from start to finish.  I see a lot of first timer muscle-ups that honestly make me cringe and fear for people’s shoulder joints.   Continue reading

The Perfect Warm-up for the Snatch

The snatch is easily one of the most challenging exercises I can think of.  It’s certainly one of my weakest exercises and over time I’ve learned to really appreciate the lift.  I’ve had several trials and tribulations with the lift over the years.

From ugly turkey snatches in the grass…

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7 Ways to Stay Safe During the Crossfit Open

CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN 2013 P4 804x1024 7 Ways to Stay Safe During the Crossfit OpenWe’re two weeks into the Crossfit Open and I’ve been having quite a bit of fun with the workouts so far.  I’ve worn two small holes in my hands during the pull-ups last week but otherwise my body is holding in there pretty well.  The Open is a great time of the year to see what you’re made of and compare yourself against athletes all across the globe.

Inevitably, every year people do get hurt.  Sports injuries more commonly occur during competition and I believe the Open is no exception.   Your adrenaline is high, you’re pushing your limits, you’re pushing to hit the rx workout and often times we’re more apt to ignore aches and pains when the stakes are higher.  Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy during the open and reduce your risk of injury.

1. Remember your goals Continue reading

New Fitness Pain Free Programming

2013GamesPicture rotator2 New Fitness Pain Free ProgrammingI hope everyone had a great first open workout.  I know I did (sort of, it felt rather terrible but satisfying in a strange way).  We’re now in open territory and it’s time to showcase all of your hard work from over the past year.   I just released some new programming to optimize your performance through the open while keeping your body fresh and helping to minimize the risk of injury.

To purchase this month’s programming click HERE: Continue reading

FPF Podcast Episode 31: Diagnosing and Treating Running Injuries with Chris Johnson – Part 1

chris johnson FPF Podcast Episode 31: Diagnosing and Treating Running Injuries with Chris Johnson   Part 1Join us today as I interview physical therapist and running specialist Chris Johnson.  Topics discussed are:

  • [4:14] Chris’s unique background as a physical therapist and athlete
  • [7:30] How promoting longevity in fitness through smarter training is vital
  • [9:24] One of the most critical mistakes runners make with training
  • [10:05] 90% of runners run at 90% intensity, 90% of the time and 90% get injured – whoa Continue reading

4 Reasons Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers Need to Communicate

CJ Martin CrossFit Invictus with Crowd 4 Reasons Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers Need to CommunicateThe other day I released an article entitled 10 Critical Principles Physical Therapists Need to Know about Crossfit for Successful Rehabilitation.  I admit, I was a bit ticked off from so many therapists judging me for wearing crossfit t-shirts (Please don’t tell me you do that, blah blah etc etc.).  A lot of that was written because I was just plain peeved about it.   Continue reading

FPF Podcast Episode 30: Gymnastics, Crossfit and Safety with Dr. Dave Tilley

Dave Tilley FPF Podcast Episode 30: Gymnastics, Crossfit and Safety with Dr. Dave TilleyThis week I get a chance to interview Dr. Dave Tilley.  Dave has a very interesting background as a competitive collegiate gymnast, physical therapist and crossfitter.  This combo allows for some excellent insight in how to bring gymnastics safely into the fitness realm.  Today we discuss:

  • [1:50] Introductions, porkchops and Dave’s background
  • [6:05] Dave’s website bridging the gap between physical therapy and gymnastics performance
  • [8:00] The dilemma between medical professionals and athletes Continue reading

The Best Exercises For Crossfit Shoulder Health

crossfit injuries 1 The Best Exercises For Crossfit Shoulder HealthAs we all know, shoulder health is paramount in crossfit.  From personal experience I’ve found that shoulders tend to be one of the most commonly injured and painful joints in crossfit.  I believe one of the major reasons for this is that Crossfit contains a large amount of shoulder intensive exercises.   To reinforce the point, here are some of the most common crossfit exercises:

  • Barbell / dumbbell / kettlebell overhead press, push press, thrusters, push/split jerk
  • Pushups, handstand pushups, handstand walking, dips, burpees
  • Pull-ups, kipping pull-ups, toes to bar Continue reading