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Kelly Starrett on Building the Mobility WOD Empire

Kelly Starrett is a physical therapist, coach, speaker, and author of the book Becoming a Supple Leopard. He is also the Founder of Mobility WOD, a fitness program that focuses on giving people the ability to do basic maintenance on themselves through pain elimination, injury prevention, and performance optimization. Kelly joins me today to share […]

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6 Tips for Better Recovery

One aspect of training that I feel never gets enough exposure is the concept of improving recovery. Far too often, we’re focused on simply doing more. More reps. More sets. More exercises. More, more, more! But as we all know, this can often lead to frustration, burnout and injury. While it’s easy to  focus on […]

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Warm-up

Warming up is a critical starting point for an optimal workout. Can you get by without one? Sure. Can you do some arm circles, leg swings, and jump right into your session? I guess. But if your goal is to improve your performance in the gym or on the court/field, you need to use proven […]

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The Myth of Corrective Work

I get a lot of questions about corrective exercise. I’m obviously known as a “corrective” guy, and I’m fine with that. Long gone are the days where I care how I’m labeled; as long as people are talking about me in a (relatively) positive light, I’m good with it. However, I feel there are still […]

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A Better Way to Stretch

I get a lot of interest in eccentric quasi-isometrics (EQI’s) from both my online clients and people who read my blog, so I figured I’d write something up to help explain what they are and how I use them. EQI’s are an active stretch – without getting into the nitty-gritty science behind them, our goal […]

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Do Not Miss the Message

I was doing my Podcast interview with Dan John yesterday, and we talked about one of his famous lines: “If it’s important, do it everyday.” While I’ve heard him say it (or write it) numerous times before, this was one of those light-bulb moments. Ponder this…. Dan is a firm believer that you should be […]

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Q&A: Stretching Modalities

Do you still feel static stretching is the best type of stretching over passive, dynamic, AIS, etc? The question of stretching methods comes up often; so I figured this was something that would be well received within a blog post. I think one of the issues that we see is that people get too focused […]

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Broscience Volume 1

This is going to be a new and ongoing series here on my blog.  I’m going to evaluate statements that may sound great to the lay person, but when examined closely doesn’t hold much water. Today’s first installment is going to discuss some of the science behind flexibility and “short” muscles. Here’s a statement I’ve […]

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Mike Rants: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Originally published at FLzine.com You’d think that with me being a “mobility guy,” I’d lead this off with a quote alluding to the fact that mobility is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I’d then write an entire article supporting that fact, and follow it up with a slick sales pitch to make some extra […]

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Yoga is Overrated

Originally published at FigureAthlete.com Yoga is Overrated by Mike Robertson Yoga is overrated. Yep, you heard that right. I don’t care what your GP, best friend’s niece, or US magazine told you. It just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Is it bad? Absolutely not. In fact, I’ve done yoga myself in the past […]

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Old-School Article of the Week

In this week’s edition of the Old-School Article of the Week, we’ve got an oldie but a goodie. I get questions all the time about stretching.  While my opinions have changed over the years, most people flat-out need to stretch more.  The article this week is Hardcore Stretching, Part II. Read me now Two things […]

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A Stretching Fallacy

It’s my goal today to prove to you that just because something is tight DOES NOT mean it should be stretched.  In an effort to do this, I’m going to give you not one, not two, but three examples of this. The first case is our hamstrings.  I can’t tell you how many times people […]

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Mobility-Stability Continuum

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Mobility and stability go together like peanut butter and jelly… spandex and cardio… Eric Cressey and Tony Gentilcore. Over the past few years, gentlemen much smarter than myself have been discussing the importance of mobility and stability at length. Stuart McGill, Mike Boyle, Gray Cook, Bill Hartman, and Eric Cobb all […]

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The Superior Circuit, Part I

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com We have some good news for you. The New Year’s resolution crowd, famous for clogging up the gym for the first two months of every year, is starting to dwindle. As they devolve back into their sedentary lifestyles, you have the opportunity to evolve your training program to reach even greater […]

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The Superior Circuit, Part II

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com In Part I, we discussed the many pros and cons associated with traditional “cardio” practices. In today’s training world, most experts would agree that high intensity interval training (HIIT) performed after resistance training is the best way to get lean. While neither of us disregards the benefits of those practices, we […]

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