Posts in "Exercise Technique"

Bench Press Technique: How to Not Hand-Off Like a Jackass

Remember those “The More You Know” PSA (Public Service Announcements) from the late 80’s and early 90’s? They often ran during primetime shows on NBC and even during Saturday morning cartoons. Oh man, remember Saturday morning cartoons? Transformers GI Joe Dungeons & Dragons Alvin & the Chipmunks Bionic Six Captain Planet Those were the days…. Read more

Upgrade Your Deadbug

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Dallas based personal trainer, Shane McLean. If you forced me to make a short list of things I love, that list would include things like ice-cream (all of it), GoodFellas quotes, anything my cat does, old-school Transformers cartoons, and an empty laundry mat. And, you know, my wife would… Read more

Big Rock Cues That Work For Pretty Much Everyone

As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to be more succinct in many facets of my life. – When I was 25 I’d consider it a travesty if I didn’t spend at least two hours in the gym. Now? A few “top sets” of my main movement, followed by an accessory movement to compliment that movement,… Read more

A Common Mistake People Make With Thoracic Extension

Thoracic (mid-back) extension is kind of a big deal. Without turning this into an anatomy lesson, t-spine extension is important for a variety of reasons. In no particular order: It’s what the mid-back (T1-T12) is designed to do.  However, due to the long hours many of us tend to accumulate at work and at home… Read more

Turkish Get-Up Tip: Vertical Knee

The Turkish Get-Up. Some people love them. I mean, really love them.   And others are indifferent maybe even skeptical. I know some strength coaches who view them as a valued asset to their programs, providing insight on their athlete’s movement quality as well as highlighting any “weak links” that may exist. And I know… Read more

Why Performing 1-1/2 Reps Will Alter Your Life Forever

The title of this post might be construed as a tad exaggerative in tone. For the sake of brevity: anything labeled “life altering” should be reserved for stuff like winning the lottery, beating cancer, or, I don’t know, a really, really, really good steak. Or having your own lightsaber. So please forgive the sensationalism. What… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: DB Fly Away

Pareto’s Principle states that 80% of the effects will result from 20% of the causes. This “rule” can be applied to everything from farming to business (and everything in between). 80% of the profit comes from 20% of the yield. 80% of your sales comes from 20% of your clients. 80% of why I never… Read more

Why Train the Posterior Chain?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Zak Gabor, a MA-based physical therapist and strength coach. His alma mater – Ithaca College – also happens to be my alma mater’s – SUNY Cortland – sworn enemy. But he’s cool…;o) Enjoy! Not only can tapping into your posterior chain get you extremely strong, help improve athleticism and… Read more