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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 Modify the Squat to Eliminate Painful Pinching Hips

So we’re 4 videos into our modification series: How to Modify Deadlifts for Lower Back Pain How to Modify Pull-ups for Painful Shoulders How to Modify Squats for Painful Knees and Lower Backs In

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How to Modify Squats for Painful Knees and Lower Backs

In the last video Dr. Ryan Debell and myself talked about modifying deadlift variations to decrease stress on the spine.  In this video Dr. Ryan Debell and myself go over the same simple concept in the

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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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A Stupid Simple Exercise to Improve Your Pistol

I’m a big fan of working pistols as a skill.  Most people don’t have the mobility, strength or exposure to perform pistols well, especially as a new trainee.  One drill I’ve been using

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3 Great Squat Mobility Drills

  Having mastery over the squat is something we talk about a great deal on this site.  Lately, Dr. Dave Tilley over at www.shiftmovementscience.com and myself have been collaborating on ways to

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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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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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7 Ways to Make Deep Loaded Squats Safer for Your Knees – A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 7

Last week we had a nice little discussion about the stresses on the knee during the deep loaded squat.  At least in the research for high level olympic lifters, deep squats appear not to be as dangerous

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Are Deep Heavy Squats Bad for the Knees? A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 6

So last time we went hard on the hips.  Hip health is one of my favorite things to talk about during the squat.  Another hot topic with the squat is knee health.  I’m sure we’ve all thought

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A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 5 – Hip Health, Should we Squat With the Toes Straight Ahead?

So last week we discussed what the hips needs to do in a deep squat and what compensations occur when we lack hip flexion in the squat.  Before moving on I wanted to recap these compensations: Compensatory

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A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 4 – Hip Mobility and Squat Depth

Our favorite joint to talk about during the squat is surely the hips.  They’re a huge player in a successful squat and a big area that requires addressing when our squats look sub-par.  In order

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