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Re-Building the Reverse Hyper

As everyone knows, I’m a huge fan of powerlifting.  It has provided a great link between my athletic career and my love of strength training.  More importantly, I feel like the sport has molded me into the person I am today. One of the most influential people for me when I was starting out was […]

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Joint Mobility AND Stability

By now, everyone should be familiar with Coach Boyle’s Joint-by-Joint approach to training. In fact, I thought it was so great I tried to take it a step further in my Mobility-Stability Continuum article. (Just watch out for the NSFW pictures – I don’t get much say in what T-muscle promotes in that regard!) But […]

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The Deep Front Line

(Note from MR: Patrick Ward is someone that I haven’t met, but I’ve followed for quite some time online.  He’s a pragmatic and rational coach/therapist, and that’s why I knew he’d deliver a great piece of content to the site.  Enjoy!) ———- Thomas Myers, a former student of Ida Rolf (the founder of Rolfing), has […]

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March 3rd, 2010

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 6.07 Shoulder Solutions, Part II In Part I of our Shoulder Solutions series, we discussed the fundamentals of proper shoulder training. In Part II, we’re going to discuss some specific training mediums to get those shoulders feeling as good as possible! Thoracic Spine Training Let’s start by examining the thoracic spine, […]

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Dialing in the 10%

Last week, I was talking with my good friend Zach at IFAST. Zach has not only been a member for the last 7 months, but he’s also going to intern there this summer. Too often, I think the up-and-coming coaches assume that you need to know absolutely everything about coaching. You need to understand the […]

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Developing Divine Delts

Originally published at FigureAthlete.com Developing Divine Delts by Mike Robertson Even if your goal isn’t to win the next Figure Olympia, an arsenal of solid exercises will aid you in developing the physique you really want. Whether you aim to put on a little size or to simply refine what you have, your shoulders are […]

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Hip Dysfunction = Knee Pain

I can’t tell you how many times myself (or Bill) evaluates a client at IFAST with knee pain and there’s associated hip dysfunction. It may not be 100%, but it’s pretty damn close! Hip mobility is absolutely vital when it comes to knee AND low back health.  In fact, there’s research out there that correlates […]

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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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No More Neck Pain, Part II

One of the frequent recommendations trainers make is that if you have neck pain and/or headaches, you should stretch your levator scapulae.  But is this really a good idea? If someone has a forward head posture, this may not be good advice.  The levator scapulae is responsible for producing a posterior shear force at the […]

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Top Priority for Lower Traps

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Developing your lower traps is a guaranteed way to turn yourself into one sexy beast. Okay… maybe not… but they’re damn important, whether you know it or not. My interest in the lower traps developed from a discussion I had with Bill Hartman. We were discussing the need for better mobility […]

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Row Right: Get More Bang For Your Buck

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Big backs are way cool. Whether it’s the back of a bodybuilder like Dorian Yates or Ronnie Coleman, a powerlifter like Ed Coan, or an Olympic lifter like Pyrros Dimas, big backs are a byproduct of moving heavy iron for an extended period of time. You can’t pump and cramp your […]

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Hips Don’t Lie

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Do you know what you’re doing when it comes to writing your own programs? Are you sure? Is your programming improving your posture? Improving your strength? Most importantly, is it keeping you healthy and allowing you to achieve your goals? With smart training, not only should your lifts go up, but […]

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Functional Anatomy For Bad-Asses- Part I

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Okay, tough guy, so you want to write your own training programs, eh? You think you’ve got what it takes? I went over a lot of the basics in a previous article, Program Design 101, which covered topics such as sets and reps, time under tension, rest periods, and other training […]

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Functional Anatomy For Bad-Asses- Part II

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com In Part I of this series, I went over the basics of the anatomical position, planes of movement, how muscles work, and the muscles that are active in most upper-body movements. In Part II, we’ll discuss muscles of the torso and lower extremity, along with my tips to help you write […]

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Erector Set

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Under Construction What is it that set Dorian Yates apart from his competition? And what is it that can often help a powerlifter or Olympic lifter put pounds on his total? Answer: A super-strong set of spinal erectors that resemble two big boa constrictors running down the back! But what muscle […]

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