• 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 of mine to accomplish this. Progressive strict butterfly circles. These are one...
  • 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, the same things goes for the dip.  If you don’t have...
  • 3 Tips to Reduce Shoulder Pain in Muscle-ups

    Far and away one of the most challenging exercises in the fitness world is the muscle-up.  Given the complexity and challenge of the exercise some people end up getting themselves into hairy situations with this movement and often times in pain.  As you guys know I’ve teamed up with...
  • Shoulder Pain Rehabilitation: How to Progress Exercises For Shoulder Pain in Athletes Part 1: Closed Chain

    I’ve been working with a lot of students lately in my clinical practice as a physical therapist lately.  In my experience most students tend to have pretty good clinical decision making skills, a fairly sound evidence based approach as well as some solid evaluation and treatment ideas. When it...
  • The Best Drills and Progressions for Handstands and Handstand Walking

    One of the challenges of coaching a complex movement in a group setting is that generally most people in the room end up being at a different level of competency when it comes to these movements.  As a coach it can be very challenging to get everyone from A to...
  • 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 to injury if done poorly. One of the biggest problems I see...
  • FPF Podcast Episode 30: Gymnastics, Crossfit and Safety with Dr. Dave Tilley

    This week I get a chance to interview Dr. Dave Tilley.  Dave has a very interesting background as a competitive collegiate gymnast, physical therapist and crossfitter.  This combo allows for some excellent insight in how to bring gymnastics safely into the fitness realm.  Today we discuss: Introductions, porkchops...
  • Fitness Pain Free Podcast Episode 28: Crossfit and Gymnastics with Team USA Gymnast David Durante

    Join me today as I interview David Durante.  David is a multiple time USA gymnastics national champion and was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team as alternate. After retiring from competition, David helped coach his alma mater, Stanford University, to an NCAA Team Title in 2009 and has...
  • Parallettes!

    Been trying to do some gymnastic stuff recently. Spent my day off sunday making these bad boys. I found this awesome article here on how to make them. http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/13_03_Parallettes.pdf As you can see, I suck so far. Been trying to do some simple exercises 2-3 times per day. I’ll...