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A Simple Cue for Less Shoulder Pain

I can’t tell you how many clients and athletes I’ve seen over the years with a set of stiff or cranky shoulders. And while there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to keeping your shoulders healthy, this one simple cue can make a world of difference. In this short video, I explain: What that […]

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The Core Training Collective

I’ve been coaching for close to 20 years now (I’m officially in my 19th year), and one thing I’ve learned over the years is that trainers and coaches love learning stuff they can use and apply immediately. If you go to a workshop, it’s called “Monday Morning” value. Sure they want to learn theory and […]

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Crush Your Hamstrings and Glutes with the ValSlide Leg Curl

I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more I’m looking to get maximum bang for my buck when in the gym. And suffice it to say, the days of body part splits and hitting a single muscle-group during a training session are long gone! So if I’m going to do a […]

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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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How to Dial in Your Half-Kneeling Exercises

What if I told you one exercise variation could help you: Loosen up your hip flexors, Strengthen your core, and Improve your stability and control in split-stance and single-leg exercises? Well guess what – half-kneeling can help you do all of those things! In this short video, I detail exactly how I coach half-kneeling exercises, and give […]

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Why Your Ankle Mobility Drills Aren’t Working

I can’t tell you how may times I’ve had clients or athletes come to me and say they have “stiff ankles.” Many have been doing ankle mobility drills for months (if not YEARS) on end, and getting little to no results. So what gives? Here’s something to consider… …what if your “ankle mobility” problem isn’t […]

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Why You Should STOP Belly Breathing

I don’t know about you, but I’ve made a ton of mistakes over the years. One of the big mistakes when I first started coaching breathing exercises was cuing everyone to “take a big, deep breath into their belly.” While the intention is good, I think more times than not, you don’t get what you […]

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6 Random Thoughts on Programming For and Coaching Young Athletes

Over the past couple of years, it seems like our training is all over the place when it comes to training our young athletes. The spectrum ranges from training kids like elite athletes, to treating them like Bubble Boy, and everything in between. So whether you’re a parent, a coach, or maybe a little bit […]

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Chris Chase on The Trainable Exercise Menu

  Note from MR: When it comes to training, I love Chris Chase’s approach. Here’s a guy that’s coached at virtually every level, and who has a truly pragmatic approach to training. In this article, he talks about why we need to get away from the idea of “correcting” clients movement, and instead, to focus […]

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Step-by-Step Glute Training

Lots of people that I work with want a great set of glutes. Now I know what you’re thinking: “But Mike! You work with athletes! These people don’t care about training muscle groups…” First and foremost, I’m not talking about bodybuilding splits here. What I am talking about is building a set of glutes that […]

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3 Simple Ways to Classify Your Unilateral Exercises

As trainers and coaches, we love to classify our exercises. We have our quad dominant and hip dominant lifts. We have horizontal and vertical pressing and pulling. And of course, we’ve got elbow flexion and extension, because we have to find a way to make arm training sound sophisticated, right? But when it comes to […]

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4 Squat Variations You Should Try ASAP

A few weeks back, someone on Instagram asked me the following question: “Why would you want to load your quads on a squat?” Now I did my best to contain myself, but let me tell you – it wasn’t easy. If you want to know why squatting is a good thing, or why we should […]

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RTS Coaching: The Brettzel

“Mobility” is all the rage these days. And for good reason – in a day and age where we move less than ever before, all of us are looking for tools to keep us moving and feeling great. However, not all mobility drills are created equally. And in fact, many people don’t even need more […]

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RTS Coaching: Snatch Grip RDL

As I’ve mentioned numerous times in the past, I’m pretty vanilla as a coach. I want to teach my athletes to squat, hinge, push, and pull – but I want them to do so with impeccable technique. But just because I’m vanilla, doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to change. Case and point – I’m a huge […]

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Training the Overhead Athlete (and Meathead)

Note from MR: I’m slooooowwwwwwllllyyyyyyy recovering from the Physical Prep Summit this weekend, but I wanted to make sure I got some fresh content to you ASAP. Tony Gentilcore is a guy I’ve known for years, and it’s been cool to watch him grow and evolve. In today’s post, he’s going to give you the […]

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