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The Clean Volume Concept

One of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is a concept I refer to as “clean volume.” No we’re not talking about power or hang cleans – I’m talking about the quality of the volume that you’re accumulating in the gym. Let me explain a bit further.

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Mastering Tripod Foot

One of the hottest topics in the training world today is barefoot training. Is barefoot training magical, like a Pegasus or Unicorn? Can you really just kick your shoes off and your lower extremity injuries heal themselves?

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REAL Turkish Get-ups

I had this amazing post all set-up for you guys today. But now? Well, it’s just not the same. In case you missed it last week, Bob Harper (the trainer from the Biggest Loser) threw up a video on YouTube about how to perform the Turkish Get-up “correctly.” The problem? His form was laughable.  I […]

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Blocked 90-90 Split-Squats

Sorry I’ve been out of the loop for the past week. At midnight last Wednesday night, my wife went into labor and later than evening we celebrated the birth of our baby girl, Kendall Ann Robertson! Needless to say it’s been a crazy couple of days, but hopefully we’ll get back in the swing of […]

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Effective Birddog Performance

Birddogs are a fantastic exercise for not only improving core stability, but for rehabilitating the lower back as well. Unfortunately, a lot of people assume that just because an exercise appears simple that they can mindlessly crank out the reps. This video demonstrates proper performance of the birddog exercise, along with outlining common errors. Specific […]

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Are we Missing the Mark on Single-Leg Training?

Humor me for a minute while I bounce an idea off you. What if we’re doing single-leg training completely wrong? What if we’re totally missing the mark, and therefore, not getting the most out of our training? Over the past couple of years, the landscape of strength and conditioning/performance enhancement training has totally changed.  While […]

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Q&A Front Squat Issues

Q: I’ve got most of your products and look forward to getting the newest one coming out soon.  I have one question and hope you can help me. Front squats cause my lower back to ache and tighten up when performing.  I do the squat to stand drill and have a tough time getting my […]

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The Coaching Progression

The other day I was working with a new(ish) client, and I was cuing her to get into proper position.  Upon completion of the set, she turned to look at me and said: “How come you never told me that before?” And my response was simple: Because you weren’t ready for that before!

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Grab Your Balls!

A New Perspective on Activation By Jim Smith, CSCS, RKC Over the last 3 years I have made a huge change in the programming for my athletes.  The warm-up that was once a formality has now become the center for the entire program. Why? Because it is that important! When I started focusing on the […]

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Step-by-Step Bench Pressing

If you’ve been in the iron game for any period of time, you’ve probably been asked the following question: “Hey bro (or broski, or brosef) – how much ya bench?” We can argue about the efficacy of bench pressing ‘til we’re blue in the face.  While I’m apt to say that a big squat or […]

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Conquering the Chin-up

Chin-ups and pull-ups should be a staple exercise in virtually everyone’s program. Regardless of whether your goal is to build a massive back, develop a stronger bench press, or even to lose body fat, mastering chin-ups can help you get there faster. Unfortunately, people struggle with chin-ups for a variety of reasons.

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Improving Your Push-up

Push-ups are easy.  After all, you just plop down on the floor and press yourself up, right? Not so fast.

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Coaching Cues Comment Contest

As you guys can tell, things have been a bit slow around here.  Sorry about that – things have been a little bit more hectic than usual lately 🙂 To get things cranked back up, I figured I’d run a little contest.  Here’s what I’d like for you guys to do.

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Simple Squat Fixes

As many of you already know, my good friend and fellow strength coach is getting ready to release his new product, Show and Go next week. I know that Eric has spent the better part of two years pulling this thing together.  Writing the program, developing the video content, it all takes a ton of […]

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A Killer Chin-up Variation

In today’s edition of Exercise of the Week, we’re going to cover a sweet variation on an old-school strength exercise.

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