• An Easy Rehab Exercise Progression for Neck Pain

    There’s a plethora of research showing that training the neck and scapular musculature is beneficial for people with neck pain.  Protocols that involve motor control training, strength and endurance for the deep neck flexors and musculature like the serratus anterior, rhomboids and low / mid trapezius are generally helpful.  Here...
  • A Simple Modification for Kipping Pull-ups You’ve Never Tried

    So last week I leaked some of my favorite modifications for C-kip and Butterfly Pull-ups.  In case you missed them I’ll post them below: Butterfly: I really wanted to make a blog post about how people get hurt and why it’s so important for people to modify these movements....
  • 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...
  • An Often Overlooked Aspect of Kipping Pull-up Mastery

    Muscle-ups, butterfly pull-ups and front uprises.  All really fun, and all requiring kipping.  Trouble is, in order to perform these movements well, you are going to need a little work on the basics.  One mistake I often see missed in gyms is failing to work on the hollow and...
  • Are Sumo Deadlift High Pulls Bad for your Shoulders? with Dr. Zach Long

    The title says it all.  Dr. Zach Long and I teamed up to discuss this topic on a google hangout.  Hope you enjoy:...
  • Self Kettlebell Thoracic Spine Mobilization with Ryan DeBell

    https://youtu.be/U9XqNaJOWUM I recently had the opportunity to speak at Ohare Crossfit for Angelo Sisco and his wonderful employees on the topics of mobility and programming for safety and performance.   Dr. Ryan Debell from www.themovementfix.com was also present and we tag teamed the mobility section of the presentation.  While...
  • How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 1: Double Leg Jumping

    As I’ve mentioned in a few posts in the past I’ve been working with a lot of doctorate students finishing their clinical affiliations lately.  I mentioned in my last post about students not finishing their programs with much of an exercise arsenal to treat a wide variety of patients.  Now,...
  • Which Ankle Mobility Drill is Best for Me?

    https://youtu.be/auR8avcD1m4 Some time back I came out with this video showing an easy assessment for ankle mobility.  Ankle mobility is essential for technique during deep squats, pistols, lunge and step-up variations.  It’s also something that’s implicated in knee pain, potentially causing knee valgus in deep squatting movements.  ...
  • 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....