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    3 Unique Exercises to Promote Front Rack Proficiency

    Getting into a front rack is easy for some and seemingly impossible for others.  If you ever want to be able to perform front squats, push press, thrusters and barbell jerk variations you better get pretty good at it.  Here are 3 of my favorite exercises for front rack...
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    Movement Essentials is Finally Here!!!

    I am extremely excited to announce the launch of my new product: “Monkey Method – Movement Essentials” The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Fixing Technical Flaws in the Handstand, Muscle-up and Olympic Lifts I write regularly about the importance of screening and assessing yourself and your athletes.  Dr. Dave...
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    Why You Need Shoulder Health Exercises in Your Program

    One topic Dave Tilley and myself speak in depth on at power monkey camp is shoulder health.  Shoulder pain is something we both see more often then we’d like and think a lot of these issues could be addressed prior to the start of pain.  Now, a lot of different...
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    4 Unique Drills to Improve the Bottom of Dips and Muscle-ups

    A big teaching point with the coaches at power monkey fitness is getting comfortable in the bottom of a dip.  Just like you want to have a rock solid squat in order to perform the olympic lifts properly, the same things goes for the dip.  If you don’t have...
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    3 Great Squat Mobility Drills

      Having mastery over the squat is something we talk about a great deal on this site.  Lately, Dr. Dave Tilley over at www.shiftmovementscience.com and myself have been collaborating on ways to promote mastery.  This article shows three of our favorite squat mobility drills.  Click the link below to...
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    An Overlooked Reason for Excessive Toe Out in the Deep Squat

    So, why do athletes end up toeing out (point their toes out) excessively in the bottom of the squat?  The major answers are usually poor ankle mobility (dorsiflexion) and poor hip flexion range of motion.  While I tend to agree with this.  There is another common reason for this....
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    3 Tips to Reduce Shoulder Pain in Muscle-ups

    Far and away one of the most challenging exercises in the fitness world is the muscle-up.  Given the complexity and challenge of the exercise some people end up getting themselves into hairy situations with this movement and often times in pain.  As you guys know I’ve teamed up with...
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    How the Shoulder Affects the Front Rack and How to Address It

    Are you the guy who’s pinky slips out from under the bar during a max clean and jerk?  Do your wrists kill after thrusters?  Can’t even touch the barbell to your chest during push press? You might have a front rack issue.   The areas that are generally limited...
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    How to Quickly and Efficiently Progress Handstand Pushups

    I teach a lot of handstand pushups.  In a group environment it can be very tricky to find modifications and progressions for all athletes, especially when you have a class with varied levels of strength and experience.  Here are my favorite progressions, from easy to hard: This is also...
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    Should I Have Rotator Cuff Surgery? Questions Answered by Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Sean Rockett

    People ask me all of the time whether or not they should have rotator cuff surgery.  Today I had the opportunity to speak with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sean Rockett about this.  Enjoy. Dr Rockett is an orthopedic surgeon in Massachusetts who specializes in the shoulder and knee.  Dr. Rockett...