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RTS Coaching: Push-up to Downward Dog

We’ve focused a lot on the push-up in recent weeks (and in case you missed it, you see what I mean here, here, here, and the big push-up article here). With all of this focus on coaching and cuing, something I wanted to throw in this week was one of my favorite push-up variations of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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RTS Coaching: Push-up to Single-Arm Support

Much like the Renegade Row (which we covered last week), a push-up to single-arm support is a terrific total-body exercise. First and foremost, you get the benefits of reaching which I’ve touted numerous times here. But furthermore, when going into a single-arm support position you really overload the core, and stress its ability to resist […]

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RTS Coaching: Reaching vs. Shrugging

While everybody and their mother likes to talk about the bench press, I’m a huge believer in focusing on reaching exercises to keep my athletes healthy and strong. In fact, if you’ve reviewed my Physical Preparation 101 DVD’s, you’ll remember that I break all of my upper body movements down into reaching and rowing variations. […]

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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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Specialty Bar Training for Athletes

As a reformed powerlifter, the move away from strictly barbell exercises was not easy. Because let’s be honest – the barbell squat, bench and deadlift are fantastic ways to get strong. However, in my effort to build the most complete athlete known to man, while simultaneously keeping them healthy, sometimes the barbell falls by the […]

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Push-up

Every single client or athlete I train uses push-ups in their programming. And why not? They are simply a fantastic lift, whether your goal is to get stronger, burn more body fat, or become more athletic. Let’s start our journey by reviewing just a few of the reasons you might want to include push-ups in […]

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Two great tests you should be using…

In a recent interview with Leigh Peele, she asked me what tests we use in our assessments at I-FAST.  Obviously, we use quite a few – but if you only had two tests, what would they be? That’s a tough question to answer, but the two tests I came up with are the overhead squat […]

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