Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 10/21/16

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Sorry for the lack of content this week. I take pride in the fact I’m able to toss up 4-5 blog posts per week, but I was only able to swindle two (three counting today). I suck.

But the sucktitude this week was with good reason (which you’ll read about below). Lets get right to business.


Some Stuff to Check Out Before You Read Stuff

1) Last weekend Dean Somerset and I were in Minneapolis, MN teaching our Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint at The Movement Minneapolis. We had a group of 50 trainers from all across the upper-middle USA attend. Here’s me performing what Martin (one of MM’s coaches) referred to as the “Here comes the tickle monster” technique.1


On such trips Dean and I share a hotel room to help save on costs (and because I’m scared of the dark). We took full advantage of being under the same roof so that we could hash out some details and so that we could announce this….

Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint Will Be Available to Purchase Starting November 1st.

[Cue the Duck Boats now].

Dean and I filmed the event when we were in Norway this past spring and we’re really proud of the end result. We’ve been sending out review copies to some of our fitness industry besties and have gotten some amazing feedback. To say we’re looking forward to unleashing this to the rest of the world would be an understatement. This is something I feel will help a lot of fitness pros who deal with shoulders and hips on a daily basis.

So, basically, everyone….;o)


November 1st. This shit is happening.

2) CORE (my studio in Boston) will be hosting the I Am Not Afraid to Lift (Mindset Edition) workshop featuring Artemis Scantalides and my wife, Dr. Lisa Lewis.

Date: Sunday, November 6, 8AM-5PM.

If you’re interested in learning more about kettlebell and bodyweight training, proper technique, programming, as well as how to develop sound mindset strategies to enhance performance, this workshop will be a great use of your time.

This workshop is appropriate for women who lift of all levels, from women who have never lifted weights before, to beginners to advanced lifters. Men have attended too…;O)

There are only four spots left. For more information you can click HERE (<– click events tab).

MASS – Dr. Pat Davidson


There’s a reason why this training program has developed a cult following from both men and women…because it works!

It’s a simple (albeit brutal) program, is not for the faint of heart, and as Pat has stated himself time and time and time again….

“Everybody sees crazy results.”

You read the manual and the likelihood you’ll want to run through a brick wall increases ten-fold.

It’s only on sale for a few more days (ends this weekend), so take advantage while you can HERE.

Crunches Are Bad For You. And This Is Exactly Why – Ashleigh Kast

Drive 495 coach, Ashleigh Kast, makes a nice case for why crunches probably shouldn’t be your first choice when it comes to building a mid-section that looks like the picture above.

She discusses things like the Joint-by-Joint theory, the Four Knots, and keeps it real with quotes like this:

“A real good front squat with a well braced midsection is an honest 6-minute ab miracle.”

My Back Hurts When I Deadlift – Brandon Hall

This is a very common theme and the common response is to blame deadlifts, when more often than not the appropriate “fix” is a little more attention to detail with regards to set up and/or choosing the appropriate variation based off one’s injury history and current ability level.

Great article featuring some insights from myself and CSP coach Tony Bonvechio.


I see many of my colleagues doing this and figured I’d jump in on the action. You know, cause I’m important.



After watching other coaches like @benbrunotraining, @bretcontreras1, and @showmestrength perform this landline press variation, I decided they couldn’t have all the fun. What does adding the band do? 1. I feel it helps engage anterior core more, which will help prevent any excessive overarching from the lumbar spine. 2. It helps “slow down” the bar at the top of the movement, which can make it a little more joint friendly for those with cranky shoulders. 3. You’re forced to control the eccentric (lowering) portion to a higher degree in an effort to resist the pull of the band. And 4. It’s just badass. I was supposed to perform Scrape the Rack Presses following John Rusin’s Functional Hypertrophy Training program, but my rack wasn’t high enough. Did these as a quick substitute at the end of my “Push Day”, and loved them. Check the program out at and use the code TG10 to save a little money.

A video posted by Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore) on

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Plus, get a copy of Tony’s Pick Things Up, a quick-tip guide to everything deadlift-related. See his butt? Yeah. It’s good. You should probably listen to him if you have any hope of getting a butt that good.

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  1. Basically it’s me stressing how “reaching” and getting full protraction of the shoulders can help with improving scapular mechanics and function. Also, I am totally stealing “here comes the tickle monster” technique.

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