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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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3 Keys to Long Term Bench Press Success

Today I’m going to link you over to the CriticalBench.com site.  I wrote a guest blog over there that I think you’ll really enjoy, especially if you’re interested in driving your bench press numbers up! 3 Keys to Long-Term Bench Press Success Got questions about the bench press? Be sure to leave them below and […]

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Joint Mobility AND Stability

By now, everyone should be familiar with Coach Boyle’s Joint-by-Joint approach to training. In fact, I thought it was so great I tried to take it a step further in my Mobility-Stability Continuum article. (Just watch out for the NSFW pictures – I don’t get much say in what T-muscle promotes in that regard!) But […]

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Q&A: Eric Cressey

In boxing, where are most of the forces in the shoulder distributed during a typical punch (right hook)? Where is injury most common? Just as is the case with a tennis serve, javelin throw, or baseball pitch, you’re going to see some crazy velocity of shoulder horizontal adduction and internal rotation with big shoulder distraction […]

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New Podcast with Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold

As you’re about to see, this week is going to be a bit different than most. To start with, I’m putting a podcast on the main page – which I rarely if (ever do).  It’s with two of the smartest guys I know – Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold.  In this podcast, they discuss shoulder […]

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March 10th, 2010

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 6.08 Shoulder Solutions, Part III In our final installment of the Shoulder Solutions series, I want to discuss some of the typical coaching issues I see when dealing with clients. And just in case you missed them, you can review Part I and Part II by following their respective links. I’ve […]

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March 3rd, 2010

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 6.07 Shoulder Solutions, Part II In Part I of our Shoulder Solutions series, we discussed the fundamentals of proper shoulder training. In Part II, we’re going to discuss some specific training mediums to get those shoulders feeling as good as possible! Thoracic Spine Training Let’s start by examining the thoracic spine, […]

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February 26th, 2010

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 6.06 Shoulder Solutions, Part I In Part I of our Shoulder Solutions newsletter, we’re going to discuss some of my general thoughts on training clients with dodgy or beat-up shoulders. It may be helpful to re-visit my previous newsletter on Low Back Pain as well as many of the same principles […]

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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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The Truth About Pec Strains

Justin Ware and I were talking about pec strains the other day, so I figured this would be an opportune time to discuss how pec strains come about in the gym. Now, keep in mind (as many are more than willing to note) I’m not a therapist, so I’m not going to discuss treatment strategies.  […]

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Random Friday 11-27

It feels as though I’ve been slacking a bit on the blog lately, so I figure the least I can do is pull together some content before the weekend rolls around! –  I’m working on a new series for the blog; not sure what it’s going to be titled yet, but the basic “theme” there […]

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July 14th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.14 Pulling up your Bench For whatever reason, my bench has been feeling great lately.  I feel like I need to knock on wood so as to not jinx myself, but I can’t tell you how good it feels to have some decent bench pressing sessions. Even when I was competing […]

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Top Priority for Lower Traps

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Developing your lower traps is a guaranteed way to turn yourself into one sexy beast. Okay… maybe not… but they’re damn important, whether you know it or not. My interest in the lower traps developed from a discussion I had with Bill Hartman. We were discussing the need for better mobility […]

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