Posts in "Exercises You Should Be Doing"

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Hover Deadlift

Anyone who’s read this site for any length of time knows I have an affinity for several things: 1. Matt Damon 2. LOLCats 3. Beef Jerky 4. Star Wars. 5. Deadlifts With regards to strength and conditioning there’s probably no one topic I’ve written about more than the deadlift. And, as it happens, I’m currently… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Bulgarian Split Squat to RDL

I’m always intrigued on why certain exercises are called what they’re called. Take the Turkish get-up for example. I understand there’s a bit more panache in naming the Turkish get-up the Turkish get-up than say, “hold a cannonball looking thingamajig in your hand and stand up,” but seriously: why is it called the Turkish get-up and… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Wall Windshield Wipers & Wall Walks

You could say we know shoulders at Cressey Sports Performance. Because we work with a ton of overhead athletes (and a lot of meatheads who have the uncanny ability to extend “bench day” to 4x per week), we’ve taken it upon ourselves to learn everything there is to know about the shoulder. Give or take…. Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Rotational Deadlift

Anyone who’s ever dealt with Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction or pain knows how much of a soul suck it can be. It’s something that’s very common, but altogether mysterious because it’s such a tricky joint to begin with. This isn’t going to be a post on SI joint dysfunction. There’s really nothing I can say… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: KB Goblet Squat w/ Lowering

It’s hard to imagine a more versatile and “user friendly” exercise than the Goblet squat. I think we should collectively pass it into law that anytime anyone in the fitness industry crosses paths with Dan John, he or she is obligated to give him a high-five for popularizing it. Or buy him a steak. His… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Prone Sphinx

If you were talking to twelve year old Tony, the Prone Sphinx sounds like some sweet WWF Wrestling move that Hulk Hogan or Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka would perform on one of their opponents during WrestleMania. Alas, I’m not twelve, and don’t watch WrestleMania on Mondays anymore, so in this context it refers to the mythical… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Birddog With Band RNT

I have two words for you: Jet Lagged. After three movies, a Twin Peaks marathon (because, why not?) and far too many Tim Tams to count,Lisa and I made it back to Boston from Sydney after a marathon 27 hour travel extravaganza. We landed at Logan at 7 PM, were in our apartment by 8,… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Core Engaged Active Straight Leg Raise

Many people are familiar with the active straight leg raise. For those who aren’t, it’s exactly as it sounds. You know how when you look at someone’s last name, it’s spelled weird, and in your head you’re all like “nope, not even going to try to pronounce that,” and then the person looks at you… Read more