• 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 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...
  • How to Hang on a Bar Without Hurting Your Shoulders

    Most people have a very aggressive introduction to hanging and kipping movements.  It usually goes a little bit like this: Hop right up and grab the bar.  Didn’t fall off?  Great let’s try kipping. As coaches and athletes we generally don’t think much of jumping up and hanging onto...
  • 6 Principles to Finally Fixing Your Overhead Mobility

    Gaining new overhead mobility seems to be an elusive thing.  We all want it so we can snatch, kip and jerk like all-stars, however few seem to get there.  What gives?  In my experience gaining new motion can be very challenging but if we follow specific principles it can...
  • Keep Your Rotator Cuff Strong with Shoulder Circuits

    Earlier in the week we spoke about how and why to create circuits to keep your shoulders strong and healthy.  No one wants to be sidelined with shoulder pain.  I wanted to give you all an example of a shoulder health circuit as described previously. Like described earlier we...
  • How to Create Circuits for Strong Resilient Shoulders

    I see a lot of shoulder pain in my clinical practice.  It probably rivals low back pain with the most common injury I end up treating (Low back pain is more common in the general population).  For this reason I think it’s imperative that we take care of our...
  • 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...
  • How Tight Lats and Kipping May Cause Shoulder Pain (Subacromial Shoulder Impingement)

    Oh the Lats!  Easily one of the internet’s favorite muscles.  Can’t reach overhead?  Gotta be the lats.  Can’t do pull-ups?  Better train those lats.  On a trip to bat wing swole town?  Gotta hit those lats!  I must say, these muscles get a lot of attention....