Category Archives for gymnastics

Mastering Handstands, Muscle-ups and Strict Gymnastics with Powerful Monkeys

Hey all, This week I’m at Power Monkey Camp again.  It’s always incredibly fun and a great learning experience.  You really can’t get such an all-star cast of fitness pros anywhere

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How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping Pullups – Part 1

A lot of my athletes are coming back from shoulder injuries where they couldn’t kip previously.  This could be after a major surgery like rotator cuff repair or a bad impingement syndrome / tendinopathy

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The 10 Best Articles of 2016

It’s that time of year.  Here are the most popular articles on fitnesspainfree.com from 2016 (In no particular order). 1: Quick and Easy TFL Stretch and Assessment Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia

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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

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How to Program Workouts that Contain Both Olympic Lifting and Gymnastics – New Programming!

Olympic lifting and gymnastics are both complex movements, arguably the most complex movements in our fitness program.  They take time and effort to develop adequately.  Technique during these movement

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2 Unique Drills to Improve Lockout and Turn-over in the Muscle-up

Two areas where I see athletes struggle in the strict muscle-up are: Locking out the dip and turning the rings out Turning over into the dip

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Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 3: Progression, Volume Management and Periodization

As you know from my two previous articles, I have a great love for speaking and writing about kipping pullups and all things kipping.  I work for a gymnastics continuing education company (powermonkeyfitness),

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Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 2: Building Strength and Technique Across Kipping Patterns

As you all know I have a great love for speaking and writing about kipping pullups and all things kipping.  I work for a gymnastics continuing education company (powermonkeyfitness), coach adult gymnastics

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3 Tips For Getting Your First Strict Muscle-up

I’m a big fan of coaching our gymnastics class at Crossfit Verve.  One coveted movement is the muscle-up.  It’s just a cool exercise.  When you see someone perform these easily it’s

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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.

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My Favorite Exercise to Build Strong Shoulders for Butterfly Pull-ups

Butterfly pull-ups get a bad rap.  Like any other exercise they are a skill and the body needs to be prepared to perform them correctly and handle the stress of the exercise.  Here is a favorite exercise

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4 Unique Drills to Improve the Bottom of Dips and Muscle-ups

A big teaching point with the coaches at power monkey fitness is getting comfortable in the bottom of a dip.  Just like you want to have a rock solid squat in order to perform the olympic lifts properly,

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