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    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...
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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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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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, the same things goes for the dip.  If you don’t have...
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    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...
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    Self Kettlebell Thoracic Spine Mobilization with Ryan DeBell

    https://youtu.be/U9XqNaJOWUM I recently had the opportunity to speak at Ohare Crossfit for Angelo Sisco and his wonderful employees on the topics of mobility and programming for safety and performance.   Dr. Ryan Debell from www.themovementfix.com was also present and we tag teamed the mobility section of the presentation.  While...
  • A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 3 – Addressing Compensation With a Continuum Model

    Last week we spoke about why compensation occurs in our body.  When we have an athlete who displays some of these compensations we have to determine why these are occurring so that we can more thoroughly address these limitations.  Are we having a true flexibility problem?  Is it a...