• 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 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...
  • 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 come out of the hole.   The elbows drop down and with it usually the head...
  • How to Quickly and Efficiently Progress Handstand Pushups

    I teach a lot of handstand pushups.  In a group environment it can be very tricky to find modifications and progressions for all athletes, especially when you have a class with varied levels of strength and experience.  Here are my favorite progressions, from easy to hard: This is also...
  • The Definitive Article on Fixing the Pistol: Part 2 – Stability, Practice and Accessory Work

    https://youtu.be/ZmzRysSj2T4 Probably not the first step in building a foundation for solid pistols. Steve Cotter is a monster by the way… Last week we spoke about mobility for the pistol.  Now that you’re all mobility wizards we can get down to the fun stuff, actually practicing pistols....
  • The Best Drills and Progressions for Handstands and Handstand Walking

    One of the challenges of coaching a complex movement in a group setting is that generally most people in the room end up being at a different level of competency when it comes to these movements.  As a coach it can be very challenging to get everyone from A to...
  • The Best Mobility Drills and Progressions for the Ring Muscle-Up

    We all know and love the ring muscle-up.  It’s a fun exercise and feels great the first time we accomplish our first rep.  On the flip side of the coin, it’s also an exercise that can lead to injury if done poorly. One of the biggest problems I see...
  • The Perfect Warm-up for the Snatch

    The snatch is easily one of the most challenging exercises I can think of.  It’s certainly one of my weakest exercises and over time I’ve learned to really appreciate the lift.  I’ve had several trials and tribulations with the lift over the years. From ugly turkey snatches in the...
  • Why Does My Snatch Suck? Fixing the Set-Up and First Pull: Part 1

    I’ve written and spoken extensively about fixing the back squat, front squat and overhead squat in the past.  The squat is definitely one of  the most important exercises to get right if you’re serious about being strong and staying pain free.  Before we go any further, here are some...