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5 Core Training Exercises YOU Should Be Doing

A few weeks back, I wrote a guest blog for Eric’s site where he featured two of my favorite core training exercises. In case you missed the post, you can always check it out here. As we all know, there are better options to use in your core training that sit-ups and crunches. In fact, […]

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RTS Coaching: The Cat-Camel

The year: 2003. I was just getting into the worlds of rehab and “corrective exercise” when I had the privilege of spending an entire day learning from Craig Liebenson in his office in California. That day really changed my life in a lot of ways. Up to that point I was your average, run-of-the-mill meathead, […]

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Strategic Deconditioning for Athletes

Strategic Deconditioning

This is a guest post by Travis Hansen This particular training concept or technique was originally brought to light by Bryan Haycock. 1 I read a statement from Christian Thibadeau and I think he references its definition very well. Paraphrasing of course, Strategic Deconditioning is the improvement of our muscle cells “trainability” or responsiveness to […]

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My 3 Favorite Exercises for Sexy and Stable Shoulders

Let me start by making one very important point: Not everyone can, or should, barbell press. And taking that a step further, there are plenty of people who should be excluded from other big-bang exercises and variations as well. Whether we’re talking bench pressing variations, chinning variations, or even most rowing variations, some people need […]

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Interview with Eric Cressey

Eric Cressey is not only one of the brightest minds in our industry, but also someone I call a good friend. I’m really excited to wrap up “Athletic Development” month here at RTS with an interview with EC, focusing on his target niche, baseball. Enjoy!

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High Performance Handbook Review

While many “coaches” these days do nothing more than write blogs and training programs from their laptop, Eric Cressey has put in the work to become a world-class coach. He’s the co-owner of Cressey Performance, which is arguably the best baseball-specific training facilities on the planet. He’s an accomplished powerlifter and strength athlete. And most […]

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3 Reasons You Can’t Perform Big Lifts

The other morning, my daughter Kendall and I were totally engrossed watching “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Now before you start bashing me and threaten to steal away my man card, I’m going to tell you this: Snow White is a classic. Whether it’s the simple animation, the lovable characters or the musical score, […]

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Mike’s Top 12 Training Resources

One thing that really pisses me off about our industry is some of the ridiculous “number” posts you see. For example, a few months back I saw a post that was something along the lines of “The Top 50 Fitness Bloggers” or something alone those lines. I won’t claim to be the all-knowing, but I […]

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Q&A: Power Development

Last week I had the honor of doing a podcast with Greg Everett and Robb Wolf, and there was a question that came up about power development. I’m going to paraphrase a bit here, and then we’ll get into the meat of the post: Eric Cressey doesn’t feel as though there’s much carryover between the […]

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Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold Interview

This week I got a chance to chat with Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold, two guys who I feel are really taking our industry to the next level. This week they’re launching a fantastic new product called Functional Stability Training, and in this interview we’re going to cover some common injuries these guys are seeing, […]

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Functional Stability Training Review

As I get older, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I get jaded from time-to-time. I see so many crappy fitness products on the market it makes me sick. In fact, there are a lot of times I’m actually embarrassed to do what I do, more as a result of what others are […]

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Random Friday 3-16-12

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, so I figure there’s no better way to get caught up then to fill you guys in with a “random” post! The Chicago In-Service is Coming! This has been a long time in the making, but my Chicago In-Service DVD’s are coming very soon! This was a live […]

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The Elite Training Mentorship

“I wish I lived closer to you.” “I wish I was younger so I could do an internship with you.” “I hate living in ‘X’ because there’s no good information for trainers and coaches who want to get better.” I hear some incantation of the above statements on a weekly basis. And if this sounds […]

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Learn from Eric Cressey For FREE

Just a quick note to let you know that a BIG project I’ve been working on is about to launch! This is a collaborative effort between myself, Eric Cressey, Dave Schmitz and BJ Gaddour. Quite simply, if you want to learn from all of us on an ongoing basis, you’re going to love this site! […]

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4 Reasons EVERYONE Should Squat with Chains

Not only is squatting with chains one of the coolest things you can do in the gym, but it can be one of the most effective as well. I was originally turned onto the concept by powerlifting legend Louie Simmons. Louie was using chain squats to improve the lifting speed of his powerlifters, and as […]

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