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Lifting Technique

Turkish Get-Ups Step-by-Step

TURKISH GET-UPS

One of my goals of late is to really dial in and focus on the quality of my movement, and that of my athletes.  And one of the exercises that I’ve really tried to develop within my coaching and teaching repertoire is the Turkish get-up. The Turkish Get-up is a fantastic exercise, and while I […]

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More Thoughts on Movement Quality

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog titled “The Concept of Movement Quality.”  There, I touched on a basic premise – it’s not just about moving more; it’s about moving better. This past weekend during our Bootcamp Bootcamp Q&A, several of us were discussing the topic even further.  It reminded me of a quote I […]

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Exercise of the Week: Supine Face Pulls

I know many of you out there are fans of the face pull, so here’s a cool variation that I think you’ll enjoy. The supine face pull is performed in exactly the same fashion as the traditional version – thumbs up grip, pull towards your face/neck, etc.  The big difference here is that when you’re […]

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Exercise of the Week: External Rotation on Knee

In today’s edition of “Exercise of the Week,” we’re going to cover a simple, yet effective, rotator cuff exercise. The external rotation on knee not only helps develop strength in the shoulder external rotators, but can also help you discern the difference between actual shoulder rotation and scapular motion. Finally, training in the scapular plane […]

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Mastering the Kettlebell Swing

This past year I’ve really become fascinated with kettebells. (Side Note: I also know and understand they aren’t the be-all, end-all of training.  My gym still has plenty of dumbbells, barbells, and a bunch of other equipment to help you get big and strong) However, I do see the value in using them.  And perhaps […]

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Exercise of the Week: The Tall Kneeling Series

(Note: I actually wasn’t going to post this today, but since I have a few extra minutes, here goes!) In this edition of Exercise of the Week, I want to discuss two of my favorite core training options: The tall kneeling cable chop and the tall kneeling cable lift. Gray Cook wrote an entire article […]

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Exercise of the Week: Prone Row to External Rotation

The prone row to external rotation is a simple, yet effective exercise for improving scapular stability and external rotator strength at the shoulder.  At IFAST, we often use these in the early stages of training to improve motor control.  Once motor control is improved, all the “big-bang” exercies like dumbbell rows, chest supported rows, PNF […]

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Exercise of the Week: Crossover Step-ups

In this week’s edition of “Exercise of the Week,” we’re going to feature a new favorite at IFAST: The crossover step-up. Now before everyone begins spewing hate and calling me a “functional” guy, I like this exercise for a few reasons: –  It trains the hips to move into internal and external rotation.  Typically people […]

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A Day of Deadlifts

This past Saturday, I traveled down to Bloomington, Indiana to work with IPF Masters World Champion Greg Simmons on my deadlift technique. Greg is not only a great coach, but more importantly, he’s a fresh set of eyes.  I’ve got some great friends and coaches in the area, but I wanted someone who was pretty […]

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Exercise of the Week: Glute-Ham Raises

In today’s “Exercise of the Week”, we have one of my favorite hamstring/posterior chain exercises of all time – the glute-ham raise. Strangely enough, I remember the first time I ever did these.  We were at Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio, and Dave Tate and Louie were taking us through a dynamic effort workout.  We […]

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Exercise of the Week: Tall Kneeling Pallof Press ISO

The tall kneeling pallof press ISO may be a mouthful to say, but it’s a fantastic core exercise that I use frequently in my programming. In this case, I particuarly like it for several reasons: –  It puts your core “on an island.”  Basically, you can’t get stability from anywhere else (like your legs). – […]

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A simple wrinkle for better performance

Here at IFAST, we’re huge proponents of ISO’s.  ISO’s are a great exercise selection for several reasons: – Decreases joint wear and tear (to some degree) – Allows for the client to “feel” the appropriate body position – Allows for the client to “feel” the appropriate muscle groups working – Helps build stability in end-range […]

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Bench Press 101

Evidently, my new favorite lift is the bench press (or at least that’s what all the guys in the gym say!). Hey, everyone else has been doing it for years – maybe I’m just a little bit behind the times!  I’m definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed. In all seriousness, as someone who […]

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Exercise of the Week: Band Assisted Chin-ups

Today’s exercise of the week is the band assisted chin-up.  This is a great variation for several reasons: – Obviously, not everyone is strong enough to perform full chins in the beginning.  In this case, it helps them learn the groove of the movement with resorting to an expensive machine. –  It accommodates resistance – […]

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Exercise of the Week: The Plate Squat

In this edition of “Exercise of the Week,” we’re going to feature the plate squat. The plate squat is an excellent teaching tool.  Not only does it cue people to extend through their upper back, but it also trains them to brace their entire core and not just over-arch their lower back. Basic squatting rules […]

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