• How to Modify Deadlifts for Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain is an enormous obstacle you’ll undoubtedly encounter as a coach.  Many athletes have trouble with lower back pain when they deadlift.  It makes sense, deadlifting really stresses the low back right?  Of course.  Most coaches deal with this on a regular basis. The trouble comes when...
  • 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...
  • Save Your Spine by Learning How to Assess and Correct Deadlift Patterns

    We all know how important it is to keep a neutral spine while deadlifting.  There are so many fantastic videos out there showing how not to deadlift.  Here’s one of my favorites: http://youtu.be/X4P14V7rqbg I honestly feel bad posting this video.  In reality this looks like a hard working gentleman,...
  • Why Your Deadlift Technique Sucks – Using the Joint By Joint Approach – Part 4

    We’ve all seen it.  It starts as a friendly attempt at picking up a heavy weight.  It ends in terror, back pain and vertebral discs being shot all over the room.  You know what I’m talking about.  I’m sure you’ve seen some people dead lifting like a scared cat...
  • Fact or Fiction? Will Heavy Squats Make Me Produce More Testosterone?

    I always hear people talk about how doing squats will increase your body’s production of testosterone.  The gym is filled with so much “bro science” that it’s very difficult to pick real evidence apart from something that someone dreamed up at some point.  So… Will heavy weight training with...
  • 2 Moves Everyone Needs to Master – Easy Tips for Coaching the Squat and Deadlift

    I think the squat and deadlift are two of the most important exercises to learn, but for me they can also be the most frustrating to teach. Here are a couple techniques I use to ingrain good technique in the gym and in the clinic....