• 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 Backs How to Modify the Squat for Painful Pinching Hips Now we move back to the...
  • 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 this video we talk squatting and hip pain.  Having some hip pain or “pinching” in...
  • 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 squat.  With this knowledge in mind we can easily modify the squat for...
  • 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 year Ryan and I met up to collaborate on what we felt is the most powerful...
  • Get War Ready for the Open

    The 2017 Open is on it’s way.  Whether you like it or not, come the end of February we’ll be immersed in thrusters, chest to bar pullups and burpees. Over at Fitness Pain Free we’ve been preparing for this all year.  Months of olympic lifting, gymnastics skill work and...
  • 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 for improving strength then lower frequencies and volumes. However, many people won’t be able to handle this high volume....
  • 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...
  • 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 recommend going back and reading it first.  Next we’ll keep on trucking into the next 4 key principles...
  • 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 front of a video camera to make that happen.  I...