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How the Shoulder Affects the Front Rack and How to Address It

Are you the guy who’s pinky slips out from under the bar during a max clean and jerk?  Do your wrists kill after thrusters?  Can’t even touch the barbell to your chest during push press? You

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Super Simple and Effective Way to Improve Shoulder Health and Internal Rotation

So, I’m guessing that most of you have seen this exercise.  It isn’t sexy or fancy, but it is effective for a few reasons that may be new for you.

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Are Deep Loaded Squats Bad for the Lower Back? A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 8

Last week we spoke about some ways to make deep squats safer for the knees.  This week we talk spinal health.  So, does long term exposure to heavy loads in the squat increase the likelihood of low back

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7 Ways to Make Deep Loaded Squats Safer for Your Knees – A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 7

Last week we had a nice little discussion about the stresses on the knee during the deep loaded squat.  At least in the research for high level olympic lifters, deep squats appear not to be as dangerous

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A Deep Investigation into the Safety and Performance of the Deep Squat: Part 1

I had the opportunity to have a long talk with Chad Vaughn (2x Olympian, Power Monkey Camp and Crossfit Weightlifting Coach) at the most recent Power Monkey Fitness Camp.  One point both Chad and I agreed

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How Often Should We Snatch and Clean and Jerk?

Frequency of lifting is obviously a very important variable in your programming.  The research in improving strength shows us that having higher volumes and frequencies of lifting is more beneficial

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Shoulder Pain Rehabilitation: How to Progress Exercises For Shoulder Pain in Athletes Part 2: Open Chain

To recap from last week, as therapists sometimes I feel as if we lack in our exercise selection for certain athletes trying to return to sport.  We do a good job of finding evidence based EMG exercises

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How to Implement Assessment and Corrective Strategies into Your Box: Part 3 – Assessing Front Rack Mobility

In last week’s article we talked about implementing assessments for overhead mobility into your box, this time we’ll talk front rack (Front rackanese?).  One of the first things I’ll

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One of My Favorite Drills for the Clean and Jerk and Thruster

Crossfit throws a lot of strange olympic lifting variations together that you wouldn’t normally find in an olympic lifting meet.  This complex puts together several exercises to help build proficiency

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How to Assess and Correct the Front Rack to Improve Front Squats, Jerks, Thrusters and Cleans

Have trouble in the front rack?  Difficulty keeping your elbows up during a front squat?  Can’t grip the bar during a thruster without wrecking your wrists?  Can’t get the bar in the right

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One of My Favorite Drills to Improve the Snatch

The accessory work you choose to improve your snatch should depend on where your limitations are for the lift.  Here’s a drill I use as a warm-up frequently to help improve position in the snatch. Try

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Save Your Spine by Learning How to Assess and Correct Deadlift Patterns

We all know how important it is to keep a neutral spine while deadlifting.  There are so many fantastic videos out there showing how not to deadlift.  Here’s one of my favorites: http://youtu.be/X4P14V7rqbg I

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