Posts categorized in:

Lifting Technique

RTS Coaching: What Torso Position is Best on Split-Squats?

Split-squats are one of my all-time favorite exercises. When you think about it, they can do numerous things for you: Build single-leg strength, Improve flexibility in the trailing leg, Improve stability and control through the hip, knee and ankle, etc. Yet, when it comes to the split-squat, a common question comes up time and again: […]

Continue Reading

My 5 LEAST FAVORITE Coaching Cues

(Lead Photo Courtesy of Flickr) After last week’s article, I was perusing the Twitterverse and came across the following comment: @RobTrainSystems can you write one with your least favorite cues? — Jared Rosenberg (@JRStrengthFit) June 8, 2016 Thanks Jared for the great idea! Normally I like to keep my articles positive. Yet in this case, […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Knees First on Squats?

The other day I was perusing the Interwebz, and I came across this awesome tweet from my guy Mike Roncarati: Vertical tibia during a squat means anterior head and trunk displacement as the first move for most. Or a very wide BOS #letquadswork — Mike Roncarati (@RoncMike) June 8, 2016 The timing was impeccable, because […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Make the Arrow on Push-ups

Lots of talk on push-ups lately, and for good reason. Great exercise. FANTASTIC exercise. But again, not always executed the way we would like. One of the most common questions has to do with arm and shoulder position. Quite simply, where should your elbows be relative to your torso? Should they be tucked in tight? […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Finishing the Push-up

When it comes to training, virtually anyone and everyone includes push-ups in their programming. Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose body fat, or become a better athlete, well-performed push-ups can help you get there. I’m a huge fan of the push-up for obvious reasons – and if it’s not obvious, grab a cup […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Hips First on Push-ups

Since the beginning of time, people have been doing push-ups to get into better shape. In fact, the push-up may be the single-most performed exercise on the planet, simply because you can do it anywhere, anytime, and get in a great workout. However, like most exercises, there are little things you can do to make […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Wall Press Abs

Core training is a critical component of every athlete’s program. However, we often find ourselves in situations where we don’t have a ton of equipment available. Whether it’s kettlebells, dumbbells, cables or bands, a lot of the core training exercises our there require equipment. As such, I’m always looking for simple exercises that can be […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: How to Landmine Press

The landmine press is one of my favorite exercise variations of all time. First and foremost, if you have clients that struggle to go overhead, this is a great way to “bridge the gap” between horizontal and vertical pressing. Furthermore, you can take this standard movement and either build it up or break it down. […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: How Wide on Split-Squats?

One of the most common questions I get asked is: How far apart should my feet be on a split-squat? For many years, I always had my athletes start in a 90-90 set-up. But over the years, I’ve changed this position ever so slightly, which this video will describe. After watching the video here are […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Hips Up on RDL’s

Like I mentioned last week, the RDL can be a very difficult lift to coach. Another common mistake I see is when athletes want to bend the knees excessively, or almost try and “squat” the weight down. Not only does it make for a terribly inefficient lift, but you fail to load the hips and […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Chest Over the Bar on RDL’s

I’ve been a firm believer for years that the Romanian Deadlift, or RDL, is the most difficult lift to teach in the gym. Whether it’s poor stability patterns through the spine, failure to move through the hips, or too much knee motion, there’s just a lot going on in this seemingly simple exercise. As such, […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: The Knees Extended Bear

A few months back, I introduced you to a new core training exercise: The Bear. I love the bear because it really targets the obliques, and also reinforces good reaching patterns for my athletes. However, if you’re anything like me, you always want to get to the next level. Enter, the knees extended bear… Now […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: Foot-Knee-Hip on Unilateral Work

  A few weeks back, I wrote an article about five of the biggest benefits of single-leg training. If you haven’t read that, take a few minutes and review it first, as I think it gives unique insight into the true role of unilateral training. And if you want the Cliff’s Notes version, here goes: […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: The Arm Bar Series

If we jump into the way back machine, it was around 2009 or 2010 that Pavel Tsatsouline personally invited me to attend an RKC seminar. Needless to say, it was an amazing experience, and one that I feel made me an infinitely better coach. And while I was familiar with the bulk of the exercises […]

Continue Reading

RTS Coaching: The Offset Squat

offset squat

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty utilitarian when it comes to my exercise selection. When I hear someone talk about a “new exercise,” or “X new variations” of an exercise, I immediately start tuning them out. It’s not that I don’t like “new” things, or that I’m locked in my ways. I’m always […]

Continue Reading