Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 3/22/19

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1. (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – 2019 Locations & Dates

Philadelphia, PA: April 27-28th (<– EARLY BIRD rate ending in 2 weeks).

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: May 25-26th

Sydney, Australia: July 13-14th

Melbourne, Australia: July 20-21st (<— JUST ADDED. Includes bonus “Psyche Skills for Fitness Pros” pre-workshop with Dr. Lisa Lewis).

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

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 really add value with your assessment process.
  • How to squat and deadlift like a boss.

Find out more details HERE.

2. Strategic Strength Workshop – Boston, MA

Luke and I did this workshop last summer in London and figured it’s only fair to bring it State side.

Combined we have 30+ years of coaching experience (I.e., one Mike Boyle or Dan John) and this workshop will be two days where we uncover every nook and cranny as it relates to how we assess our clients/athletes and how we best prepare them for the rigors of every day life/sport.

This will be a unique opportunity for people to learn from myself, but especially Luke, who, along with traveling over from the UK, is one of the best and brightest coaches I know.

For more information and to register you can go HERE.

3) Strong Savvy Cyclist & Triathlete Podcast

I was invited onto the Strong Savvy Cyclist & Triathlete Podcast recently hosted by my good friend Menachem Brodie.

Whenever he and I start chatting we tend to lose track of time. We covered a litany of topics in this episode, but we tried our best to stick to shoulder training for endurance athletes.

Check it out Part I HERE.





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30 Days of Shoulders. . Day 5: Improving Overhead Mobility (Upper Traps). . In order to move the arms overhead it’s kinda important to improve scapular protraction, posterior tilt, and maybe most important of all…upward rotation. . 3 muscles play a role in upward rotation: serratus anterior, as well as the upper and lower traps. . All act as force couples to “pull” the shoulder blade into upward rotation as the humerus elevates overhead, kinda like when the Night King pulled a “come at me, bro” pose toward Jon Snow after the battle at Hardhome. . Anyway, first up is the upper traps, the evil step child of shoulder health. It’s often neglected because that area tends to be OVERactive in the computer guy population. . However, in the athletic/lifetime meat head realm, the upper traps can often be lengthened and UNDERactive; not to mention have ramifications on overall shoulder health when they don’t pull their weight with regards to scapular function (upward rotation). . There are MANY drills to consider, but here are two I use often with my clients and athletes: . 1. Forearm Wall Slides with Reach 2. Face Pulls. . SIDE NOTE: @dsomerset1 and I cover all things shoulders (and hips) in our (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint workshop. . 2019 Locations: – Philadelphia, PA (<- early bird rate ending soon). – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Sydney, Australia – Melbourne, Australia . Click link in my bio for dates and registration info.

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The Science of Finding the Perfect Squat Stance – John Rusin & Ryan DeBell

I LOVED this article.

If I could make out with it I would.

Nope, that wasn’t weird at all to say.

But seriously, John and Ryan very much mirror my sentiments with regards to squat assessment and squatting technique. Except, you know, they’re way smarter than I am. So, it’s more appropriate to say I mirror THEIR sentiments.

Anyway, read it.

Meal Plans Usually Suck – Brian St. Pierre

Most people want (or feel they need) a meal plan in order to “succeed” with their diet.

They rarely work long-term (because they fail to address habits).

No one ever gets excited to eat a pea salad with 3oz of chicken sprinkled with sawdust.

Brian shows you a better way.

Exercise Won’t Give You a 6-Pack – Shara Vigeant

The adage “you can’t out-train a poor diet” is very much true.

Exercise doesn’t burn as many calories as you think it does. So, does this mean you should chalk exercise up as a pointless endeavor with regards to hitting your body composition goals?

Hell no.

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