Category Archives for Olympic Lifting

Chad Vaughn, Mike Cerbus, Dave Tilley and Dan Pope Talk Squatting

I have the great opportunity to work with world class coaches regularly at power monkey fitness.  At this past power monkey fitness camp we had a nice candid conversation about squatting.  Myself and

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How to Mobilize, Warm-up and Perfect Snatch Technique

Hey guys, a bit of a whopper for you today.  As you know, I work for a company called Power Monkey Fitness.  It’s a continuing education company for olympic lifting, gymnastics, running, rowing

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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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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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5 Reasons Your Elbows Drop During Heavy Cleans and Front Squats

We’ve all seen it before.  With front squats your body stays nice and upright during warm-up sets.  As the weights get heavy you notice your athletes start dumping the weight forward when they

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3 Drills To Correct Muted Hip and Reduce Extension Based Lower Back Pain

Since we just went over extension low back pain earlier this week I felt like this would be a good topic for today because a muted hip can occur for the same reasons extension based low back pain occurs. A

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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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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

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An Overlooked Reason for Excessive Toe Out in the Deep Squat

So, why do athletes end up toeing out (point their toes out) excessively in the bottom of the squat?  The major answers are usually poor ankle mobility (dorsiflexion) and poor hip flexion range of motion.

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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

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Super Simple and Effective Way to Improve Shoulder Health and Internal Rotation

https://youtu.be/eQLJLHAzjgo So, I’m guessing that most of you have seen this exercise.  It isn’t sexy or fancy, but it is effective for a few reasons that may be new for you.

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Are Deep Loaded Squats Bad for the Lower Back? A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 8

Last week we spoke about some ways to make deep squats safer for the knees.  This week we talk spinal health.  So, does long term exposure to heavy loads in the squat increase the likelihood of low back

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