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RTS Coaching: What Torso Position is Best on Split-Squats?

Split-squats are one of my all-time favorite exercises. When you think about it, they can do numerous things for you: Build single-leg strength, Improve flexibility in the trailing leg, Improve stability and control through the hip, knee and ankle, etc. Yet, when it comes to the split-squat, a common question comes up time and again: […]

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RTS Coaching: Knees First on Squats?

The other day I was perusing the Interwebz, and I came across this awesome tweet from my guy Mike Roncarati: Vertical tibia during a squat means anterior head and trunk displacement as the first move for most. Or a very wide BOS #letquadswork — Mike Roncarati (@RoncMike) June 8, 2016 The timing was impeccable, because […]

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RTS Coaching: Make the Arrow on Push-ups

Lots of talk on push-ups lately, and for good reason. Great exercise. FANTASTIC exercise. But again, not always executed the way we would like. One of the most common questions has to do with arm and shoulder position. Quite simply, where should your elbows be relative to your torso? Should they be tucked in tight? […]

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RTS Coaching: Finishing the Push-up

When it comes to training, virtually anyone and everyone includes push-ups in their programming. Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose body fat, or become a better athlete, well-performed push-ups can help you get there. I’m a huge fan of the push-up for obvious reasons – and if it’s not obvious, grab a cup […]

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RTS Coaching: Hips First on Push-ups

Since the beginning of time, people have been doing push-ups to get into better shape. In fact, the push-up may be the single-most performed exercise on the planet, simply because you can do it anywhere, anytime, and get in a great workout. However, like most exercises, there are little things you can do to make […]

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RTS Coaching: The Quarters Cue

When it comes to training, I’m constantly searching for new cues that help my clients and athletes better understand how their bodies should move. For instance, for the past couple of years now I’ve been talking about feeling the whole foot when squatting, deadlifting, lunging, etc. The RDL is a particularly salient example here because […]

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RTS Coaching: The Reaching Dead Bug

I’m pretty sure if you’ve hung out around here for a while, you know I’m a fan of the dead bug. Whether it’s core engaged, a standard variation, or even with a twist like wall press abs, dead bugs are a staple in many of my programs. Along those same lines, I’m also obsessed with […]

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RTS Coaching: Lats vs. Abs

Whether you coach personal training clients or overhead athletes, one of the biggest issues that I see is an inability to go overhead safely and effectively. Now there are obviously a ton of reasons why someone may not be able to go overhead effectively, but one of the biggest reasons is poor muscular balance between […]

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RTS Coaching: Wall Press Abs

Core training is a critical component of every athlete’s program. However, we often find ourselves in situations where we don’t have a ton of equipment available. Whether it’s kettlebells, dumbbells, cables or bands, a lot of the core training exercises our there require equipment. As such, I’m always looking for simple exercises that can be […]

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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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RTS Coaching: How to Landmine Press

The landmine press is one of my favorite exercise variations of all time. First and foremost, if you have clients that struggle to go overhead, this is a great way to “bridge the gap” between horizontal and vertical pressing. Furthermore, you can take this standard movement and either build it up or break it down. […]

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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: Tempo/Oxidative Lifting

When you’re coming up in the industry, it’s really easy to think you know everything about everything. Case and point: We all know that if you want to be super awesome at lifting, sports and life, you only need fast-twitch muscle fibers, right? And in some regards, that makes sense. After all, fast-twitch fibers are […]

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RTS Coaching: High Intensity Continuous Training (HICT)

  In recent years, there’s been a ton of talk about energy systems development, and the best ways to prepare our athletes for their sport. One method that has garnered quite a bit of attention is high intensity continuous training (HICT). This method is somewhat unique, in the fact that you will perform HICT for […]

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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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