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RTS Coaching: How to Plank

Everyone and their mother knows that the plank is a solid core training exercise. However, just because it’s a great exercise doesn’t mean that most people are doing it correctly! In fact, my model actually shows one of the most common technique errors I see in the plank, so watching the video should help you […]

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5 Goals of Pre-Season Training

Pre-season is here for the soccer bros. And whenever we have one of these big shifts in mindset, it often leads to some good insights from myself as a coach. Quite simply, what are our goals for this period of time? Are we doing everything in our power to serve our athletes? And perhaps most […]

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RTS Coaching: How Wide on Split-Squats?

One of the most common questions I get asked is: How far apart should my feet be on a split-squat? For many years, I always had my athletes start in a 90-90 set-up. But over the years, I’ve changed this position ever so slightly, which this video will describe. After watching the video here are […]

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RTS Coaching: Hips Up on RDL’s

Like I mentioned last week, the RDL can be a very difficult lift to coach. Another common mistake I see is when athletes want to bend the knees excessively, or almost try and “squat” the weight down. Not only does it make for a terribly inefficient lift, but you fail to load the hips and […]

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RTS Coaching: Chest Over the Bar on RDL’s

I’ve been a firm believer for years that the Romanian Deadlift, or RDL, is the most difficult lift to teach in the gym. Whether it’s poor stability patterns through the spine, failure to move through the hips, or too much knee motion, there’s just a lot going on in this seemingly simple exercise. As such, […]

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Dissecting the Wall Drill

When it comes to speed development, no topic is more polarizing than the wall drill. (Except maybe the speed ladder, but that’s a discussion for another day.) Some coaches love wall drills and use them as their go-to tool when teaching acceleration mechanics. Others feel that they are absolutely worthless, and would never consider using […]

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RTS Coaching: The Knees Extended Bear

A few months back, I introduced you to a new core training exercise: The Bear. I love the bear because it really targets the obliques, and also reinforces good reaching patterns for my athletes. However, if you’re anything like me, you always want to get to the next level. Enter, the knees extended bear… Now […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Coaching

I don’t know about you, but when I went to school there wasn’t a textbook or a course for coaching. We could get all the anatomy, physiology and biomechcanics that our little heart desired. But when it came down to the nitty gritty details of helping a real, live person get better? Sorry, but that […]

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RTS Coaching: Foot-Knee-Hip on Unilateral Work

  A few weeks back, I wrote an article about five of the biggest benefits of single-leg training. If you haven’t read that, take a few minutes and review it first, as I think it gives unique insight into the true role of unilateral training. And if you want the Cliff’s Notes version, here goes: […]

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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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My 2016 Coaching Agenda

Last year, I wrote a rather lengthy post on my personal goals for 2015. It was pretty cathartic to get all of this written out and on paper, but at the same time, I’m not sure how valuable it was to someone like you, who is sitting at home trying to learn! So this year, […]

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RTS Coaching: The Arm Bar Series

If we jump into the way back machine, it was around 2009 or 2010 that Pavel Tsatsouline personally invited me to attend an RKC seminar. Needless to say, it was an amazing experience, and one that I feel made me an infinitely better coach. And while I was familiar with the bulk of the exercises […]

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4 Reasons to Have a Coach

As a coach, I’m obviously biased to the incredible role coaches can play in our lives. In fact, in the past year alone I’ve hired coaches to help me grow my business, improve my mindset, and to help get me into amazing shape. And the result? I feel like 2015 has been my best year […]

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RTS Coaching: The Offset Squat

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty utilitarian when it comes to my exercise selection. When I hear someone talk about a “new exercise,” or “X new variations” of an exercise, I immediately start tuning them out. It’s not that I don’t like “new” things, or that I’m locked in my ways. I’m always […]

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4 Ways Joe Kenn Made Me a Better Coach

I never have, and never will, claim to be a perfect coach. Like most of us, the deeper I dig, the more I realize I really don’t know. But one thing I feel helps keep me at the top of my game is surrounding myself with other great coaches. I know that if I spend […]

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