Category Archives for Injury Prevention

Are Deep Heavy Squats Bad for the Knees? A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 6

So last time we went hard on the hips.  Hip health is one of my favorite things to talk about during the squat.  Another hot topic with the squat is knee health.  I’m sure we’ve all thought

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A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 5 – Hip Health, Should we Squat With the Toes Straight Ahead?

So last week we discussed what the hips needs to do in a deep squat and what compensations occur when we lack hip flexion in the squat.  Before moving on I wanted to recap these compensations: Compensatory

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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

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How to Implement Assessment and Corrective Strategies into Your Box: Part 2 – Assessing Overhead Mobility

Last week we went over the importance of implementing assessment and corrective strategies at your box.  This week we’ll begin going over the specifics of how to do it.  First up, overhead mobility.

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How to Implement Assessment and Corrective Strategies into Your Box: Part 1 – The Problem and the Solution

I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling and speaking around the United States lately and one of the biggest things I’m trying to do is educate people about screening and assessing themselves

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9 Reasons Why I Like Tempo Lifts

Tempo lifts require a certain speed during your lifts.  Let’s use squats as a example.  A prescription of 31X0 for a back squat means: 3 seconds to lower into the bottom of the squat 1 second

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FPF Podcast Episode 32 – Performance, Programming and Injury Prevention with Jason Leydon

Today on the show we’ve got Jason Leydon on the podcast.  Jason Leydon is the head crossfit coach and owner at Crossfit Milford in Connecticut.  Jason is the head coach for the professional fitness

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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

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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

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Finding the Best Squat Stance for Performance, Hip and Lower Back Health

Proper squatting forms the basis of any performance system and is essential to meaningful function as an athlete and human.  This includes all populations including the elderly (might need to scale though,

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7 Ways to Stay Safe During the Crossfit Open

We’re two weeks into the Crossfit Open and I’ve been having quite a bit of fun with the workouts so far.  I’ve worn two small holes in my hands during the pull-ups last week but otherwise

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4 Reasons Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers Need to Communicate

The other day I released an article entitled 10 Critical Principles Physical Therapists Need to Know about Crossfit for Successful Rehabilitation.  I admit, I was a bit ticked off from so many therapists

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