• Why Do Stiff Ankles Cause “Knee In” or “Toe Out” During the Squat?

    Hey guys, quick tip today.  I think most people understand that having poor ankle dorsiflexion motion can hinder their ability to hit a deep squat, particularly an overhead squat.  What I don’t think is talked about much is why this happens.  One common thing I often find is that...
  • Dan Pope on Barbell Shrugged Podcast #1 Rated Podcast in Fitness on iTunes

    At this past power monkey fitness camp Alex Maclin and Mike Mcgoldrick from BarbellShrugged.com were nice enough to interview myself and Dr. Dave Tilley and include us on their podcast.  We had a great time talking shop about our newest product, Monkey Method Movement Essentials, why people don’t see mobility...
  • Is Weighted Mobilization for the Thoracic Spine a Bad Idea?

    Foam rolling for the thoracic spine is a good intervention for improving thoracic spine motion.  I use it for myself, patients and athletes regularly.  However, should we be adding weight to the movement?  My answer is that it probably depends. Now, if you’re rolling your thoracic spine properly it...
  • 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...
  • One of the Best Overhead Mobility Exercises You’ve Never Thought of

    So ya, I’ve been a little bit into the lats recently.  Some would say I’ve gone a little bit crazy with the lats.  Fair enough.  I can’t argue with you there.  If you missed it, I just wrote an article on how tight lats might be causing shoulder pain...
  • 3 Hacks to Get the Most Out of Your Lat Stretches

    We all know and love Lat stretches.  Heck I’m stretching my lats right now as I type this (impressive right?).  Lats are obviously a major muscle that can decrease your ability to bring your arms overhead.  I also recently wrote about how tight lats can potentially create subacromial impingement...
  • 3 Unique Exercises to Promote Front Rack Proficiency

    Getting into a front rack is easy for some and seemingly impossible for others.  If you ever want to be able to perform front squats, push press, thrusters and barbell jerk variations you better get pretty good at it.  Here are 3 of my favorite exercises for front rack...
  • 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...
  • How the Shoulder Affects the Front Rack and How to Address It

    Are you the guy who’s pinky slips out from under the bar during a max clean and jerk?  Do your wrists kill after thrusters?  Can’t even touch the barbell to your chest during push press? You might have a front rack issue.   The areas that are generally limited...