• Is Training Your Rotator Cuff Stupid?

    So right now there’s a weird trend going on in regard to shoulder rehabilitation.  For some reason I think it’s become unpopular to train the shoulder and more specifically the rotator cuff when you have shoulder pain.  Here are some trends I’m seeing going on in the blogosphere and...
  • An Easy Rehab Exercise Progression for Neck Pain

    There’s a plethora of research showing that training the neck and scapular musculature is beneficial for people with neck pain.  Protocols that involve motor control training, strength and endurance for the deep neck flexors and musculature like the serratus anterior, rhomboids and low / mid trapezius are generally helpful.  Here...
  • How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping Pullups – Part 2

    In last week’s article we talked about: How to restore full shoulder range of motion Teaching hanging position Phase 1: Beginner hanging exercises to build tissue capacity In this article we’ll expand on last week’s article: Phase 2: Advanced hanging exercises to build tissue capacity How to modify difficulty of...
  • How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping Pullups – Part 1

    A lot of my athletes are coming back from shoulder injuries where they couldn’t kip previously.  This could be after a major surgery like rotator cuff repair or a bad impingement syndrome / tendinopathy that leaves athletes unable to kip. Now, like any other shoulder patient we’ll need to have...
  • 6 Step Guide to Prevent and Treat Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 2)

    Welcome back.  So in the first installment we broke down: What extension based lower back pain is Which movements have the potential to cause it Compensations that lead to overextension and potential pain Training errors that can potentially lead to pain If you haven’t checked out part 1 of this...
  • 5 Common Causes of Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 1)

    We all know that lifting with a rounded lower back can certainly cause some lower back pain.  What’s also important to wrap your head around is that many people don’t have trouble with lumbar flexion (lumbar rounding) but with the opposite motion called extension.  Lumbar extension is what this...
  • Easy Ways to Prevent and Treat Elbow Issues

    I see a decent amount of elbow pain in the clinic.  I see quite a bit of medial (inside) elbow pain mostly from a lot of false grip and rope climb work.  This area tends to flair-up with a lot of gripping with the elbow in a flexed position...
  • 3 Great Lower Trapezius Exercises You’ve Never Thought Of

    So the scapulae are kind of a big deal.  They help us do cool stuff in the gym and help keep our shoulders healthy.  What goes on in the shoulder blade is very important from a shoulder impingement perspective.  One overlooked but important muscle in this whole ordeal is the...
  • 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...