• GHolm

    My Favorite Exercise to Build Strong Shoulders for Butterfly Pull-ups

    Butterfly pull-ups get a bad rap.  Like any other exercise they are a skill and the body needs to be prepared to perform them correctly and handle the stress of the exercise.  Here is a favorite exercise of mine to accomplish this. Progressive strict butterfly circles. These are one...
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    The Games Are Over, Time to Start Preparing for Next Year!

    Congratulations to Matt Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir!  This year’s competition was a fun one to watch.  It’s very interesting to see the sport evolve over time and see who’s prepared the best over the course of the last year of training. This month in the FPF Performance Training Program we’re still...
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    Why Do Stiff Ankles Cause “Knee In” or “Toe Out” During the Squat?

    Hey guys, quick tip today.  I think most people understand that having poor ankle dorsiflexion motion can hinder their ability to hit a deep squat, particularly an overhead squat.  What I don’t think is talked about much is why this happens.  One common thing I often find is that...
  • Chris Spealler, South West

    Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 1 – Assessing and Building the Basic Kipping Positions

    As you all know I have a great love for speaking and writing about kipping pullups and all things kipping.  I work for a gymnastics continuing education company (powermonkeyfitness), coach adult gymnastics at Crossfit Verve and am a full time physical therapist.  Because of this I have the unique...
  • The Movement Fix

    Shoulder Pain, Shoulder Blades, Kipping and Powerful Monkeys – Podcast on The Movement Fix with Ryan Debell

    Recently my good friend Ryan Debell over at TheMovementFix.com interviewed me for his podcast.  Ryan and I have been friends and have worked together several times in the past and I was really excited to be on the show.  It gets a bit silly throughout but we do get down...
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    4 Reasons to Try Deep Deficit Reverse Lunges

    I’m a huge fan of single arm and single leg exercises.  I don’t think they get enough emphasis in most programs I see.  If we only do double leg compound movements (squats, deadlifts, olympic lifts) we never test the leg one at a time.  It’s easy to develop asymmetries...
  • BBshrugged

    Dan Pope on Barbell Shrugged Podcast #1 Rated Podcast in Fitness on iTunes

    At this past power monkey fitness camp Alex Maclin and Mike Mcgoldrick from BarbellShrugged.com were nice enough to interview myself and Dr. Dave Tilley and include us on their podcast.  We had a great time talking shop about our newest product, Monkey Method Movement Essentials, why people don’t see mobility...
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    Is Weighted Mobilization for the Thoracic Spine a Bad Idea?

    Foam rolling for the thoracic spine is a good intervention for improving thoracic spine motion.  I use it for myself, patients and athletes regularly.  However, should we be adding weight to the movement?  My answer is that it probably depends. Now, if you’re rolling your thoracic spine properly it...
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    How To Assess Thoracic Spine Mobility

    Thoracic spine mobility is vital for shoulder health and performance during all loaded overhead movements.  An unfortunate trend I’ve noticed with my articles is that people care far more about mobility exercises then they care about assessments for the same area.  Now, wouldn’t you think that knowing whether or...
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    3 Great Lower Trapezius Exercises You’ve Never Thought Of

    So the scapulae are kind of a big deal.  They help us do cool stuff in the gym and help keep our shoulders healthy.  What goes on in the shoulder blade is very important from a shoulder impingement perspective.  One overlooked but important muscle in this whole ordeal is the...