Stretching

  • How to Assess Overhead Mobility: Part 3

    This month’s Insiders webinar is part 3 in our discussion on improving overhead mobility.  One major issue we tackle are sets, reps, frequency, duration and intensity.  One thing I’ve never understood is the lack of people tackling the issue of optimal set and rep schemes.  How often should I...
  • The Missing Key to Correcting Anterior Pelvic Tilt

    If you’re a therapist or coach who regularly studies biomechanics you’ve undoubtedly heard of anterior pelvic tilt.  Anterior pelvic tilt (as shown in the featured image above) is when the pelvis dumps forward excessively.  Although the anterior pelvic tilt is sometimes over villified, I do believe it plays a role in...
  • 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...
  • 5 Minute Deadlift Assessment and Mobility (Toe Touch Assessment)

    Two weeks ago I made a video entitled 5-minute overhead mobility.  It’s a compilation of my favorite overhead mobility exercises with an assessment and demonstrations with explanations of each mobilization.  It’s part of what I’ll use both clinically and with athletes at our gym (Crossfit Verve) during their foundations...
  • 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...
  • The Best Mobility and Stability Exercises to Improve the Front Rack: Part 2 – Addressing the Shoulder Blade, Shoulder Joint, Elbow and Wrist

    Well it looks like your front rack position could use some work huh?  Me too.  Let’s get down to business.  Last week we spoke about how important hammering down thoracic spine mobility and stability is to get into a proper front rack position.  If you missed it, you can...
  • Mobility and Stability Drills to Improve the Snatch and Overhead Squat

    When I first started crossfit, my snatch and overhead squat was god awful.  I somehow managed to qualify for the crossfit regionals in 2010 and when the first event was announced as 21-15-9 overhead squats at 135 and chest to bar pull-ups I was a bit concerned.  I was...
  • Knee Pain: What You Need to Know About the Core to Prevent Knee Injury – Part 4

    Annie’s got some abs If you’re still following this series so far then kudos to you!  We’ve discussed some pretty complex bio-mechanics of the foot, knee and hip.  Hopefully you aren’t too confused. If you missed part 1 where we explain how the hip and foot affect motion at...
  • To Stretch or Not to Stretch: Evidence Based and Practical Solutions

    We’ve all heard this argument, should we stretch or not before training? I’ve heard all the rumors: I heard that you need to stretch before training so you don’t get injured. I’ve heard that stretching can make you weaker if you do it before lifting. Dynamic Warmups are the...