Posts in "Exercise Technique"

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

Jump Your Way to Power Development

I am not a perfect coach. While I feel I’m above average in my abilities, I’ll be the first to admit I have many “gaps” in my knowledge-base. Some things I’m good at: coaching the barbell lifts, assessment, hand-to-hand combat vs. zombies. Some things, not so much: Olympic lifting, speed and jump training. I’ve written… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: 1-Arm Bottoms-Up Anything

Drake said it best: “Started from the bottom now we’re here.” Based off last week’s article on Building the Squat From the Bottom and today’s apropos titled post, you may think I’m obsessed with bottoms. Kim Kardashian and J-Lo jokes aside, you’re 100% correct. When I was coaching at Cressey Sports Performance and working with… Read more

Building the Squat From the Bottom

We all know that squats are a staple movement that span the gauntlet when it comes to helping people get stronger, leaner, and faster. Blah, blah, blabbidy, blah. That’s all well and good. But lets be honest. Squats also help build bodacious bottoms. Photo Credit: Max Planes There’s a reason why no one has ever… Read more

Everyone NEEDS to Deadlift

Note from TG: If there was ever a blog title conceived specifically for this website, this is the one. Jason Bourne, an F-16 fighter jet, and a lumberjack punching a grizzly bear in the face while eating a bag of beef jerky could have steel cage match and it wouldn’t be as manly as this title…. Read more

The “Real” vs. “BS” Hip Flexor Stretch

I for one fall into the camp that static stretching is often over-prescribed; an easy default recommendation for some fitness professionals too lazy to dig a little deeper. “Tight” hamstrings? Go stretch those bad boys. “Tight” hip flexors? Better go stretch! Bad hair day? Go stretch. I don’t feel static stretching is a complete waste of… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Modified Side Lying Hip Abduction with Leg Slide

When most people – at least within fitness circles – think of “glutes,” they envision bikini models/figure competitors up on stage or people with 400+ lb hip thrust with the ability to crack a walnut/crush a Volvo between their cheeks, in what’s known as the 21st century’s version of “coolest bar trick ever.” And well,… Read more