Monthly Archives: August 2013

5 Ways to Make Bench Pressing More Shoulder Friendly

The bench press. There’s no mistaking it’s popularity.  Walk into most gyms and you’re bound to see an inverse relationship between the number of bench press stations available and squat racks. Likewise, it’s no coincidence that there’s a lot barrel chested guys walking around with chicken legs than vice versa. I get it, though. As… Read more

Managing Laxity in Lifters and Athletes – Part 2

Note from TG:  Continuing on from yesterday’s post, today in part deux strength coach Joe Giandanato takes the reigns and talks about his own battles with laxity and how’s he’s been able to manage his symptoms and pain through dedicated strength training as well as some attention to detail with other things. For those looking… Read more

Managing Laxity in Lifters and Athletes – Part 1

Note from TG:  Given the special, niche population we work with at Cressey Performance – baseball players – it’s no coincidence that we deal with many athletes who walk in on day one with a preponderance towards being “lax.” Too, it’s not uncommon to see this in the general population as well, as we’ve also… Read more

Yes, You Can! Chin-Up Plan

There are a lot of things that I can’t do.  I can’t juggle.  I can’t tap dance.  I can’t speak Spanish. I can’t eat dairy without making a room smell like old lady fart passing through an onion. And I can’t not quote Lord of the Rings every chance I get. YOU….SHALL….NOT…. PASS!!!!!!!! It’s especially… Read more

Register Now for the 2nd Annual Cressey Performance Fall Seminar

Awwww yeah.  Mark your calanders because I’m happy to announce that on Sunday, September 22, Cressey Performance will be hosting our second annual fall seminar. Despite Hurricane Sandy laying into the East coast and throwing a monkey wrench into things last year, it was still an extremely popular event, and we’re expecting a big crowd… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Hugh Jackman Deadlifts, Supermoms, and Explosive Training

If you’re a gym junkie, and unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past five days, you’ve undoubtedly come across the Tweet which has circulated the intertubes of Wolverine, Jean Valjean, Van Helsing  Hugh Jackman deadifting his ass off with the caption that reads, “if the bar ain’t bendin, then you’re just pretendin.” <… Read more

Another Cholesterol Rant

It’s not something I’m proud to admit it, but up until last week it’s been about eleven years since I’ve stepped foot into a doctor’s office. While I’d like to sit here and say it’s due to some irrational fear – akin to some people’s fear of say, clowns – sadly, it has more to… Read more

Why Do People Change?

Today’s guest post comes from a familiar face on, Justin Kompf, who previously contributed a very well received piece – HERE (on how to (Wo)Man Up). Justin’s someone who I feel is going to do great things in this industry and it’s hard to believe that he’s only in his early 20s! He has a lot… Read more