October / November Programming is Here!

 October / November Programming is Here!If you read this website regularly you’ll know that I provide a subscription service with a done for you training program for yourself or your gym.  I’m a huge fan of programming and feel it is a huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to injury prevention and training success.  Having the right plan is pivotal to success and a requirement for reaching your desired goals.

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Addressing the Hip Hinge Pattern

spine 300x300 Addressing the Hip Hinge PatternBy Matthew Ibrahim

“My lower back hurts.”

How often have you heard someone say that? I’d guess a lot of the time.

I would estimate that 95% of this could be fixed if people learned how to move their hips the right way.

The Hip Hinge is Everywhere

A simple task such as bending down to get your groceries involves the necessity to hinge at your hips. Although this is the desired pattern of movement we want, it isn’t quite always what we get. Continue reading

Dr. Erson Religioso’s EDGE Mobility Bands, Balls and Tools

Erson Dr. Erson Religiosos EDGE Mobility Bands, Balls and ToolsPhysical therapist Dr. Erson Religioso has been a huge influence on my career as a physical therapist.  I’ve been following his blog for the past few years incorporating several of his thoughts and ideas successfully into my own clinical practice.  He’s been a major mentor to me over this time periods (most likely without him realizing it).  Lucky enough for me we’ve been able to collaborate some an he’s had some of my articles featured on his site www.physioanswers.com.  Some time back Dr. Erson Religioso gave me a few of his products to try out at my clinic.  Among those were: Continue reading

5 Minute Deadlift Assessment and Mobility (Toe Touch Assessment)

BenediktMagnussonDeadlifts 300x179 5 Minute Deadlift Assessment and Mobility (Toe Touch Assessment)Two weeks ago I made a video entitled 5-minute overhead mobility.  It’s a compilation of my favorite overhead mobility exercises with an assessment and demonstrations with explanations of each mobilization.  It’s part of what I’ll use both clinically and with athletes at our gym (Crossfit Verve) during their foundations classes.

This time I’ve done the same with deadlift assessment.  Low back pain is an enormous issue globally as well as in the gym.  If we can catch people with issues and address these problems before we start loading them then I think we’re taking a step in the right direction.  Continue reading

New September / October Coaching Program!

Without goals and plans to reach them 207x300 New September / October Coaching Program!If you read this website regularly you’ll know that I provide a subscription service with a done for you training program for yourself or your gym.  I’m a huge fan of programming and feel it is a huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to injury prevention and training success.  Having the right plan is pivotal to success and a requirement for reaching your desired goals.

The next 5 weeks of programming is now available!  The Fitness Pain Free Coaching program contains:

  • 5-days per week done for you program for yourself or for your gym with a specific mobility routine for your off days
  • Progressive daily strength, gymnastics, WOD and met-con that fits into a 1 hour block (More if doing the competitive track)
  • Learn how to easily screen and assess yourself and your athletes and how to correct these faults
  • Warm-ups with mobility specific to the day’s lifting, gymnastics and met-con
  • Olympic weightlifting and strength program
  • Gymnastics skills work
  • Fun and varied daily met-con (With group workouts if you own a gym or have some training partners
  • A track for competitors as well as average Joe’s and Jane’s.
  • Joint health mobility and injury prevention exercises

To learn more about the Fitness Pain Free Coaching Program click HERE:

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Principles of Overhead Mobility – Treating the Teres Major

Teres major muscle back 300x300 Principles of Overhead Mobility   Treating the Teres MajorSome time back I read an article by Mike Reinold about the Teres Major.  I also had this drilled back into my head while going over his and Eric Cressey Functional Stability Training of the upper body videos.  Since I’ve been treating a lot of Teres Major for overhead mobility limitations.  It’s fairly amazing how well it works too.  We often thinks pecs, lats and thoracic spine for poor overhead motion.   Continue reading

5 Minute Overhead Mobility

kfarris 300x259 5 Minute Overhead MobilityOne of the biggest things I focus on clinically in the crossfit athlete (and any other individual that requires full overhead range of motion) is overhead mobility.  I regularly get patients that complain of low back pain and pinchy shoulders with overhead movement.  It makes sense.  If you’re lacking this motion then you’ll be constantly compensating at the lower back and adding more stress at the shoulder during overhead movement (Think kipping, overhead press etc.). Continue reading

One of My Favorite Drills for the Clean and Jerk and Thruster

Crossfit throws a lot of strange olympic lifting variations together that you wouldn’t normally find in an olympic lifting meet.  This complex puts together several exercises to help build proficiency in thrusters, push press and split jerk,

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How to Assess and Correct the Front Rack to Improve Front Squats, Jerks, Thrusters and Cleans

Have trouble in the front rack?  Difficulty keeping your elbows up during a front squat?  Can’t grip the bar during a thruster without wrecking your wrists?  Can’t get the bar in the right position for jerks?  Assess your front rack:

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One of My Favorite Drills to Improve the Snatch

The accessory work you choose to improve your snatch should depend on where your limitations are for the lift.  Here’s a drill I use as a warm-up frequently to help improve position in the snatch.

Try it in your warm-up before your next snatch session.

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