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    The Missing Key to Correcting Anterior Pelvic Tilt

    If you’re a therapist or coach who regularly studies biomechanics you’ve undoubtedly heard of anterior pelvic tilt.  Anterior pelvic tilt (as shown in the featured image above) is when the pelvis dumps forward excessively.  Although the anterior pelvic tilt is sometimes over villified, I do believe it plays a role in...
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    How to Balance a Handstand

    Handstands are definitely one of the hardest things to master in the fitness realm.  Most people actually learn how to handstand walk before they learn how to balance in place.  This is akin to learning how to walk before standing. Working with the power monkey fitness crew, one thing they...
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    Is Cupping Just Another Fad?

    This week’s guest post comes from author Kelly Crawford.   During the Rio Olympics last summer you may have seen athletes with large, red circles covering their skin.  Scattered all over their bodies were what looked like perfectly round bruises and welts.  No, these were not the result of...
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    Halloween 2016 Sale! (20% off everything)

    In honor of Halloween this year I’m running a 20% sale on all products on my site: Monkey Method: Movement Essentials: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Fixing Technical Flaws in the Handstand, Muscle-up and Olympic Lifts Learn to Assess and Correct Your Own Movements as Well as Your Athletes...
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    Easy Circuit to Strengthen Overhead Mobility

    This week’s post adds onto the post earlier in the week.  In the prior article we spoke about the importance of accurately determining where your mobility limitations lie, choosing the correct mobilizations and then reinforcing that new motion.  In this article I share 3 of my favorite reinforcement and...
  • 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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    Keep Your Rotator Cuff Strong with Shoulder Circuits

    Earlier in the week we spoke about how and why to create circuits to keep your shoulders strong and healthy.  No one wants to be sidelined with shoulder pain.  I wanted to give you all an example of a shoulder health circuit as described previously. Like described earlier we...
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    How to Create Circuits for Strong Resilient Shoulders

    I see a lot of shoulder pain in my clinical practice.  It probably rivals low back pain with the most common injury I end up treating (Low back pain is more common in the general population).  For this reason I think it’s imperative that we take care of our...
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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...