Category Archives for Coaches Corner

9 Critical Principles for a Successful Off-season Program (Part 3)

We’re up to part 3 in our series.  If you missed the previous parts you can find them below: Part 1 click HERE Part 2 click HERE Now onto the finale… 7: Go Strict Now don’t get me

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9 Critical Principles for a Successful and Injury Free Off-season (Part 1)

1: Take Some Time Off After a grueling open season it’s natural to want to be excited about getting back into training hardcore. You’ve been able to test your mettle in the open, you’ve

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How to Modify Overhead Pressing for Shoulder Pain

So we’re onto our last video for our modification series: How to Modify Deadlifts for Lower Back Pain How to Modify Pull-ups for Painful Shoulders How to Modify Squats for Painful Knees and Lower

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How to Modify the Squat to Eliminate Painful Pinching Hips

So we’re 4 videos into our modification series: How to Modify Deadlifts for Lower Back Pain How to Modify Pull-ups for Painful Shoulders How to Modify Squats for Painful Knees and Lower Backs In

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How to Modify Squats for Painful Knees and Lower Backs

In the last video Dr. Ryan Debell and myself talked about modifying deadlift variations to decrease stress on the spine.  In this video Dr. Ryan Debell and myself go over the same simple concept in the

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The Coaches Guide to Modifying Workouts for Athletes in Pain

Angelo Sisco is the owner of several Crossfit gyms in Chicago.  Every year he invites Dr. Ryan Debell and myself to speak for his gyms.  It’s an educational summit for his coaches.  This past

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How Often Should We Snatch and Clean and Jerk?

Frequency of lifting is obviously a very important variable in your programming.  The research in improving strength shows us that having higher volumes and frequencies of lifting is more beneficial

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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.

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15 Keys to Safe and Effective Programming: Part 2

In part 1 of the series we spoke about the importance of screening, specificity, education and expectations and managing exercise frequency and volume.  If you missed part 1 of this article series I

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My Favorite Mobility and Warm-up Exercises for the Entire Body

When I was at the power monkey camp in Tennessee I put the athletes through a warm-up that everyone really enjoyed and several people asked if I had in a video format.  Over this past weekend I got in

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The Best Mobility Drills and Progressions for the Ring Muscle-Up

We all know and love the ring muscle-up.  It’s a fun exercise and feels great the first time we accomplish our first rep.  On the flip side of the coin, it’s also an exercise that can lead

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The Perfect Warm-up for the Snatch

The snatch is easily one of the most challenging exercises I can think of.  It’s certainly one of my weakest exercises and over time I’ve learned to really appreciate the lift.  I’ve

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