• 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 squat.  With this knowledge in mind we can easily modify the squat for...
  • The Coaches Guide to Modifying Workouts for Athletes in Pain

    Angelo Sisco is the owner of several Crossfit gyms in Chicago.  Every year he invites Dr. Ryan Debell and myself to speak for his gyms.  It’s an educational summit for his coaches.  This past year Ryan and I met up to collaborate on what we felt is the most powerful...
  • How to Modify Kipping Pull-ups for Painful Shoulders

    Having a solid appreciation of why injuries occur is paramount when trying to rehabilitate athletes back to their sports and to keep them safe.  For example in pitchers we know that the extreme external rotation needed for throwing can leads to problems like internal impingement of the shoulder.  That same...
  • Introducing the Insiders Online Mentoring Program

    Here’s the Problem The idea of “bridging the gap” between therapy and performance is increasingly more popular.  Therapists are treating more people in the fitness population and starting to realize the importance of strengthening and conditioning as it applies to our patients.   Coaches are beginning to realize the...
  • 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...
  • 2 Easy Ways to Get More From Your Foam Rolling

    I like to use foam rolling a lot to help gain new range of motion for my clients.  It’s fast and easy to do.  It’s also a great option for people who have pain with stretching or at their end range of motion (think shoulder impingement or femoral acetabular...
  • Why Your Hard Met-cons Are Too Easy and Your Easy Met-cons are Too Hard – Introducing Polarized Training

    First of all, I stole this title right from a Triathlon Magazine and wanted to give credit where it was due. The title was too perfect not to use.  Second of all I think this idea I’m about to write about is super intriguing and a variable that can...
  • Easy Ways to Prevent and Treat Elbow Issues

    I see a decent amount of elbow pain in the clinic.  I see quite a bit of medial (inside) elbow pain mostly from a lot of false grip and rope climb work.  This area tends to flair-up with a lot of gripping with the elbow in a flexed position...