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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Push Press 101: Why Does Push Press Hurt My Lower Back? Part 2

If you missed it, in Part 1 we talked all about why your lower back might hurt from doing overhead press. So how do we fix it? 1) Check to see if you’ve got adequate thoracic spine and shoulder

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Push Press 101: Why is Overhead Pressing Hurting My Lower Back? Part 1

If you guys have been following this site for any length of time you know that I’m a huge fan of cleaning up your technique on all of your lifts.  It will do just about everything from making you

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Why Does My Squat Technique Fall Apart When the Weight Gets Heavy?

Hey let’s face it, when the weights get heavy, the form gets sloppy.  We try our best to avoid it, but why does this happen? I feel that most people know that mobility can limit our technique, especially

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12 Idiot Proof Principles to Crossfit Performance and Injury Prevention: Part 1

The largest criticism I hear about crossfit is about how dangerous it is and how many people get hurt doing it, blah, blah, blah.  Maybe we should all just hide in a closet and pray for muscles and

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How Not to Destroy Your Lower Back While Squatting: Avoiding The Dreaded Butt Tuck Position

Updated November 2017: Pretty much everyone calls “butt” tuck”  butt wink now. To start, I wanted to say that I plugged the words “butt tuck” into google to get some good

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Why Your Deadlift Technique Sucks – Using the Joint By Joint Approach – Part 4

We’ve all seen it.  It starts as a friendly attempt at picking up a heavy weight.  It ends in terror, back pain and vertebral discs being shot all over the room.  You know what I’m talking

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Why Your Overhead Press Sucks: Joint By Joint Approach for Crossfit – Part 3

One time at a christmas party I tried pressing a fire hydrant over my head and failed miserably several times.  Had I known then what I know now I might have succeeded (Or not, I doubt the christmas drinks

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