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The Ultimate Dead Bug Video

If you love core training exercises, this is your video! The dead bug is one of, if not my favorite, core training exercise of all time. It’s easy to use, and can be done with little (or no) equipment. You can progress it from simple and easy, to extremely hard and challenging. And in this […]

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My Top 3 Reaching Core Training Exercises

As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of core training exercises. Whether it’s bulletproofing the lower back, controlling the hips and pelvis, or helping someone improve their athleticism, a strong and stable core can help you get there faster. But here’s the thing – too often, there’s no rhyme or reason to our […]

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Physical Preparation with Dr. Stuart McGill

Dr. Stuart McGill Spine is the Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, and he is without a doubt the worlds foremost expert when it comes to low back pain and dysfunction. Beyond his work in the classroom, he is also an active coach and consultant, having worked with 1000’s of athletes […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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RTS Coaching – The Breathing Push-up

At this point, we all know that push-ups rock. They train the serratus anterior, strengthen the rotator cuff, and tie the upper and lower body together. So how do we take an awesome exercise and make it even more awesome (and a lot more challenging)? Simple – we add focused breathing into the equation. Below […]

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Are You Full of Hot Air? (Video)

A common theme for many of our clients at IFAST is faulty diaphragmatic breathing patterns. Often, people are so caught up on how to get air in, they forget (or don’t realize) how important it is to effectively get air out!

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My Core Training Story

Many people want to know why I originally got interested in core training. Even as someone who was just getting into the industry at the young age of 21, I quickly realized everyone and their brother wants to train their abs, or learn how to get a 6-pack. Let’s take a little trip down memory […]

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Bootylicious

I got an e-mail the other day that started like this… “I have a big butt, so I know I don’t have any glute issues…” WRONG. How do you know? Have you been tested by a knowledable trainer, PT, ortho, chiro, etc.? Just because you have “big” glutes DOES NOT mean that they are working […]

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Weak Torso Society

One of the consistent themes I see at IFAST when working with new clients is torso/core weakness. (Really from this point forward, I’m going to use the term “trunk” versus “core.”  It’s much more all-encompassing, and doesn’t have the negative connotations associated with the words “core training.”) It’s pretty sad when you’re getting young, healthy […]

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