Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 10/26/18

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1. (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – Los Angeles, CA


This workshop will piggyback on the material Dean Somerset and I covered in the original Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint.

We just returned from Slovenia where we taught the course to 40+ fitness professionals from across nine different countries. We received amazing feedback

With this iteration, though, we’ll be going a bit deeper into the coaching and programming side of things:

  • How to program around common injuries.
  • How to “connect” the appropriate exercises to the client/athlete.
  • How to squat and deadlift like a boss.

All who register will:

1. Receive free access to the digital version of the first series.

2. Receive 1.4 continuing education credits via the NSCA.

3. You also get a super secret bonus we won’t reveal until the weekend of. HINT: Attendees are blown away by how cool is is.1

To register and for moe details go HERE.

 2. Coaching Competency Workshop – NYC

I’ll be back in the city that never sleeps this Fall to put on my popular Coaching Competency workshop. Albeit this will be condensed version (five hours instead of seven); a fitness amuse bouche if you will.

Honestly a better title for this workshop would be: From Assessment to Profits.

I’ll go into detail on how to create better “buy in” with potential clients, in addition to creating a better (current) client experience.

Full details (itinerary, location, and cost) can be found HERE.





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Here’s a great example of how to “fix” someone swaying to any one side during their squat (and more importantly how accepting our individual asymmetries can be a game changer in terms of how our squats look and feel). . This is my good friend and colleague @drak_25. He’s a strong dude and competes in powerlifting. . I received a text from him asking about his squat and how he’s been having a hard time preventing his weight from shifting to the right. . He referred to a tactic both @dsomerset1 and I are fans of and something we discussed in depth in our Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint…experimenting with an asymmetrical stance and how we “textbook technique” should not be the standard to go by. . We know that everyone’s anatomy and leverages are different. Some people have acetabulums pointing one way (anteverted/retroverted) and some people may require more hip abduction or external rotation to hit a certain depth. It may even behoove some to adopt more of a staggered stance to better “fit” their unique anatomy. . Dave is no different. . I encouraged him to maybe play around with moving his foot out a bit more and to open up that same side more. . And wouldn’t you know it. Wammo bammo, we Dumbledored the shit out of his squat. . Look at the second video: no more shifting to the right. . Stop pigeon holding people to what a text book says a squat stance should be. Real life is not a textbook. . There’s NO one right way to squat. Experiment with different stances, widths, and foot positions. Find what FEELS better and more powerful and stable. Fuck traditionalists. . Also, side note: Since I made a Harry Potter reference, I rewatched The Half Blood Prince on my flight back to Boston last night, and it was the first time I watched it in several years. I just noticed that the actor who plays Cormac McLaggen is the same actor who plays the bachelor from the first season of Un-Real. . Yeah, that’s right, I watch Un-Real. . Whatever, don’t judge me. . And don’t think adopting an asymmetrical stance is creating dysfunction. It’s not. Forcing people into a symmetrical stance that doesn’t match their anatomy can be (not always) worse.

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The Ultimate Pull-Up Program – Meghan Callaway

If you’re someone who’s been struggling to get over the first pull-up conundrum, or someone who’s looking to take their pull-up prowess to the next level, to be blunt…

….the program is…the….shit.

Meghan has gone into superb detail with this resource and has added 40+ pages of additional content to the original version. I’ve used it with my own clients and I can vouch that it works.

It’s currently on SALE at 50% off the original price and it ends tomorrow (Saturday, 10/27).

You’ve got a little over 24 hours to take advantage.

What I Learned During 13 Years of Strength Training – Sivan Fagan


This article rocks.

Anything that encourages women to STRENGTH TRAIN is cool in my book. Plus, I know Sivan, and she’s an excellent coach.

More people need to hear her message.

Nagging Injury? Rest, Ice, and Stretching May Not Be Enough – Tim DiFrancesco

I respect the message Tim conveys in this article. Rest is rarely going to be the sole answer with regards to addressing nagging injuries.

Did what you just read make your day? Ruin it? Either way, you should share it with your friends and/or comment below.

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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. HINT #2: It doesn’t involve a pillow fight with me.

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