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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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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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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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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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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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Lat Activation for Bigger Pulls

Ever missed a heavy deadlift, clean, or snatch because the bar got out in front of you? I have – and it sucks! You get the bar moving off the floor, but then, the bar drifts out in front, rounding you over, and putting you in a horrible position to finish the lift. Not only […]

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FREE Single-Leg Training Video

Yes, this is an “old” post (but still, incredibly valuable). And while I’m sure some of the exact details of my argument have changed, the big picture philosophy has not. Yes, I’m putting it up again because I know people have not seen it. In fact, I actually posted this all in the way back […]

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RTS Coaching: Low-Cable Split-Squat

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: When it comes to training, I’m pretty vanilla. I’m a big believer in using the big lifts (i.e. squats, deads, chins, rows, push-ups, etc.) with brutally efficient and effective technique. AND In my opinion, split-stance exercises are a must-have in your programming . In case you […]

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RTS Coaching: Reach AND Row

Chances are if you’ve pushed weight for any period of time, you’ve performed some dumbbell rowing variations. The primary focus when rowing is obviously on the upper back, and getting a nice retraction through the shoulder blade. However, I contend that we can get even more out of this exercise by actively reaching with the […]

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RTS Coaching: Reset Every Rep

Many moons ago, I was attending a Perform Better seminar in Chicago. Gray Cook was giving one of his signature presentations, when he made the following comment: Stopping doing one set of five. Instead, do five sets of one. – Gray Cook When you sit back and think about it, it’s pure genius. Too often […]

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RTS Coaching: Ab Wheel Rollouts

Ever since I got into training, I’ve been a huge advocate of core work. Quite simply, if your core isn’t strong enough, you’re not going to be able to demonstrate the speed, strength, or power that you’ve worked so hard to create. One of my favorite all time ab exercises is the ab wheel rollout. […]

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RTS Coaching: Push-up to Single-Arm Support

Much like the Renegade Row (which we covered last week), a push-up to single-arm support is a terrific total-body exercise. First and foremost, you get the benefits of reaching which I’ve touted numerous times here. But furthermore, when going into a single-arm support position you really overload the core, and stress its ability to resist […]

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RTS Coaching: How to Renegade Row

I’m a HUGE fan of Renegade Rows. I mean, who wouldn’t want an exercise that can bulletproof your shoulders, strengthen your core, and make you feel like a superstar athlete all at the same time? If you’re a rotary sport athlete (i.e. golf, tennis, baseball, etc.) Renegade Rows will give you the anti-rotary stability that’s […]

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RTS Coaching: Reaching vs. Shrugging

While everybody and their mother likes to talk about the bench press, I’m a huge believer in focusing on reaching exercises to keep my athletes healthy and strong. In fact, if you’ve reviewed my Physical Preparation 101 DVD’s, you’ll remember that I break all of my upper body movements down into reaching and rowing variations. […]

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