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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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    An Often Overlooked Aspect of Kipping Pull-up Mastery

    Muscle-ups, butterfly pull-ups and front uprises.  All really fun, and all requiring kipping.  Trouble is, in order to perform these movements well, you are going to need a little work on the basics.  One mistake I often see missed in gyms is failing to work on the hollow and...
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    4 Reasons to Try Deep Deficit Reverse Lunges

    I’m a huge fan of single arm and single leg exercises.  I don’t think they get enough emphasis in most programs I see.  If we only do double leg compound movements (squats, deadlifts, olympic lifts) we never test the leg one at a time.  It’s easy to develop asymmetries...
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    You Should Foam Roll Your Thoracic Spine Properly

    So I guess why I’m revisiting this topic is because I continue to see people who foam roll their thoracic spine incorrectly.  It’s such a powerful movement when done properly so I don’t want to ignore it.  I think most people realize that when they foam roll their thoracic...
  • The Definitive Article on Fixing the Pistol: Part 2 – Stability, Practice and Accessory Work

    https://youtu.be/ZmzRysSj2T4 Probably not the first step in building a foundation for solid pistols. Steve Cotter is a monster by the way… Last week we spoke about mobility for the pistol.  Now that you’re all mobility wizards we can get down to the fun stuff, actually practicing pistols....
  • One of My Favorite Drills for the Clean and Jerk and Thruster

    Crossfit throws a lot of strange olympic lifting variations together that you wouldn’t normally find in an olympic lifting meet.  This complex puts together several exercises to help build proficiency in thrusters, push press and split jerk, Try throwing this into an olympic lifting warm-up sometime....
  • The Correct Way to Mobilize Your Thoracic Spine with a Foam Roller

    I wanted to go over something that seems fairly simple but is also done incorrectly frequently.  This is foam rolling your thoracic spine. The point of rolling your thoracic spine is usually to get a bit more thoracic extension and help improve your efficiency with overhead lifts.  Remember that...
  • Why Does My Snatch Suck? Fixing the Set-Up and First Pull: Part 3

    In the last series we went over common areas that may be holding us back from getting into a good set-up position for the snatch and being efficient in the first pull.  If you missed the first 2 articles and aren’t caught up on what good snatch technique consists...
  • Push Press 101: Why Does Push Press Hurt My Lower Back? Part 2

    If you missed it, in Part 1 we talked all about why your lower back might hurt from doing overhead press. So how do we fix it? 1) Check to see if you’ve got adequate thoracic spine and shoulder mobility – Read this previous article I wrote and use...