Posts in "Exercise Technique"

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

Row, Row, Row Your Back

I hated P.E. class. I was a skinny, weird and uncoordinated kid. I was the one who got picked on in the changing rooms about my lack of size, and we’re just not talking about muscles. Every bullied kid’s nightmare in elementary/high-school Whenever P.E. class was on my schedule, I dreaded it.  I’d rather go… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Rock the Boat

With apologies to any 90s hip-hop and R&B fans, today’s exercise has nothing to do with Aaliyah’s hit “Rock the Boat.” OMG – such a classic song. I listen to this song – as well as other songs from all her albums (Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, One in a Million, Aaliyah) – and can’t… Read more