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Coaching Neutral Neck

Last week, we discussed why neutral spine is important – not only for keeping injuries at bay, but for improving your performance as well. Far too often, people assume that neutral spine means ONLY the thoracic and lumbar spine, and totally forget about the cervical spine, or neck region.

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Coaching Neutral Spine

One of the most powerful tools we have in our toolbox can be purchased at your local hardware store for less than a couple of bucks. A simple piece of PVC pipe can help you coach and cue neutral spine with your clients and athletes, consistently getting them in the appropriate position. Neutral spine is […]

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Half vs. Tall Kneeling Exercises

One of the biggest shifts in my philosophy over the past 2-3 years has been an improved focus on efficient core stabilization patterns. If you’ve followed Stuart McGill’s work, you know he’s a huge proponent of stability training for the core and lumbar spine. But what do you do after you’ve mastered the basics like […]

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Proper Clam Shell Performance

The clam shell is a fantastic exercise for those suffering from knee and/or lower back pain, as well as those who are trying to avoid it in the first place! In fact, there’s research that correlates hip weakness and/or dysfunction with low back pain, knee pain, lower extremity pain, and a host of other maladies! […]

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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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Improving Your Bench Press Arch

Let’s be honest – everyone likes to bench press. And one of the easiest things you can do to increase your poundages (and look like more of a bad-ass) is to improve your bench press arch. Whether your goal is to compete in a powerlifting meet, or to simply move more weight than the other […]

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5 More Shoulder Saving Tips

My article last week on Elite got a lot of great reviews, and I sincerely hope that it’s going to help lifters of all ability levels to get stronger and stay healthier than ever before. And just in case you’re too lazy to follow the link, I’m going to include all the videos at the […]

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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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Festivus for the Rest of Us

Today, it’s time to start thinking about 2011. What are your goals? Your dreams? Your aspirations? What do you want to get out of your training?

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The 90-90 Split-Squat

Half-kneeling and split-stance exercises are beneficial for numerous athletes and trainees.  Whether your goal is to soothe knee and lower back pain, or to improve your performance on big lifts like squats and deadlifts, half-kneeling and split-stance exercises can be a fantastic addition to your program.

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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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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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Unstable Surface Training for Beginners

Unstable Surface Training: Functional training revolution, or simply the current training fad? (Photo courtesy of TRXFitness.co.uk) Unstable surface training (UST) is currently all the rage in the fitness world.  Go to any fitness seminar or boot camp and you’ll immediately notice tools like Blast straps or TRX systems being employed. The question becomes, how efficacious […]

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