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  • Marine Gunnery Sgt. Juan Ospina, current operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Joint Task Force Civil Support, coaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Scott, post combatant instructor, 128th Aviation Brigade, as he does an overhead squat during a CrossFit session held at the Anderson Field House here March 21, 2014. Ospina is the JTF-CS physical training promotion coordinator and the lead Fort Eustis CrossFit instructor. He believes physical fitness enhances unit readiness by promoting team cohesion and mental alertness.  JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)

    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...
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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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    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....
  • 5 Minute Overhead Mobility

    One of the biggest things I focus on clinically in the crossfit athlete (and any other individual that requires full overhead range of motion) is overhead mobility.  I regularly get patients that complain of low back pain and pinchy shoulders with overhead movement.  It makes sense.  If you’re lacking...
  • How to: Ultimate Upper Body Warm-Up – The How’s and Why’s Explained

    If you read my training journal at all you know I throw around the words “prehab”, “static stretching” and “dynamic warmup” quite frequently.   A lot of people have asked me what the hell that means and really its tough to describe the exercises I use.   Here’s my best...