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    The 10 Best Articles of 2016

    It’s that time of year.  Here are the most popular articles on fitnesspainfree.com from 2016 (In no particular order). 1: Quick and Easy TFL Stretch and Assessment Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia Latae) Assessment and Stretch 2: The Missing Key to Correcting Anterior Pelvic Tilt 3: 5 Common...
  • Marine Gunnery Sgt. Juan Ospina, current operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Joint Task Force Civil Support, coaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Scott, post combatant instructor, 128th Aviation Brigade, as he does an overhead squat during a CrossFit session held at the Anderson Field House here March 21, 2014. Ospina is the JTF-CS physical training promotion coordinator and the lead Fort Eustis CrossFit instructor. He believes physical fitness enhances unit readiness by promoting team cohesion and mental alertness.  JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)

    6 Principles to Finally Fixing Your Overhead Mobility

    Gaining new overhead mobility seems to be an elusive thing.  We all want it so we can snatch, kip and jerk like all-stars, however few seem to get there.  What gives?  In my experience gaining new motion can be very challenging but if we follow specific principles it can...
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    Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia Latae) Assessment and Stretch

    Hip extension has been a big theme of the past several posts so I figured I’d keep on riding that train.  This week we talk hip extension, iliopsoas and the TFL (tensor fascia latae).  These muscles can be a limiter of hip extension but not just in the traditional...
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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...
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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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    Not All About Fitness – Video Podcast with Dr. Dave Tilley

    A few weeks back when I was out in NYC at Power Monkey Fitness Headquarters I had the opportunity to do a podcast with my good friends Paul Buono and Angelo Sisco.  They’ve got an excellent podcast entitled, “Not All About Fitness.”  We talk about:...
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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....
  • Which Ankle Mobility Drill is Best for Me?

    https://youtu.be/auR8avcD1m4 Some time back I came out with this video showing an easy assessment for ankle mobility.  Ankle mobility is essential for technique during deep squats, pistols, lunge and step-up variations.  It’s also something that’s implicated in knee pain, potentially causing knee valgus in deep squatting movements.  ...
  • How to Implement Assessment and Corrective Strategies into Your Box: Part 3 – Assessing Front Rack Mobility

    In last week’s article we talked about implementing assessments for overhead mobility into your box, this time we’ll talk front rack (Front rackanese?).  One of the first things I’ll ask when going over the front rack is, who out there has a perfect front rack position?  Usually the answer is...