Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 1/10/20

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(Things I’ve appeared in, places I’m going, you know, important stuff)

1. (De)-Constructing the Deadlift & Squat – Stoneham, MA: Sunday, January 26, 2020

I’m teaming up with Brad Cox of ACUMobility for this 6-hour workshop where we’ll discuss hip assessment and, you guessed it…

keto recipes deadlifts and squats.

What will be unique about this workshop is the two perspectives we’ll bring to the table; myself as a strength coach in addition to Brad’s background in sports medicine and orthopedics.

EARLY BIRD rate ends in two weeks.

2. (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – Athens, Greece: Saturday, Feb 29th & Sunday, March 1st, 2020

It’s official: This marks the sixth year in a row Dean Somerset and I are presenting together. We’re so excited to be coming to Athens to kickstart 2020.

3. Coaching Competency Workshop – London, UK: Sunday, March 8, 2020

4. Strategic Strength Workshop – Detroit, MI: April 5, 2020

This will be my first ever workshop in the region!

I’m expecting ticker tape parades.





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Barking Up the Wrong Tree. . We coaches do it a lot. Take for example new clients who come in and swear up and down they’ve got “tight” hamstrings. . I swear a week doesn’t go by where I don’t hear it. What’s with the pandemic of tight hamstrings everywhere you go? . Well, tight hamstrings is rarely a thing I’ve come to find. This, of course, doesn’t imply people never have tight hamstrings – they do! . It’s just, you know, I’d believe Tupac is alive living on some deserted island more than I believe someone has chronically tight hamstrings. . Look at the before/after pictures above. . This was a new client who came in to see me last weekend who, as you can surmise, told me he had tight hamstrings. . I was skeptical (I.e., cue me going all Beyoncé, Lemonade, baseball bat to a windshield……nooooooooo). . 📸 TOP PIC = Initial Active Straight Leg Raise. Not too shabby, but not great. . 📸 BOTTOM PIC = One minute later after NOT stretching his hamstrings (which he had been doing for years). . I concede he’s bending his knee ever so slightly, but you can clearly see an improvement in his ROM. . What did I do? . I worked on his end range ACTIVE HIP FLEXION. I mean, that’s really what the screen looks at: simultaneous hip Flexion/hip extension; not necessarily hamstring length. . In non-geek speak: I had him actively (meaning HE did the work) bring his bent knee towards his chest (hip flexion) and work on ramping up intensity to “own” the position. . Moving forward, we’re going to do more of that rather than endless stretching. . 🥱 Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz . Swipe LEFT to watch a quick video of how you can test and work on this yourself. . Even though we have to work on stuff, the more you make “rehab” look and feel like TRAINING, the more I find clients buy into it.

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Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work

Diastasis Recti After Pregnancy – Zach Long

If you’re a trainer 50% (actually, maybe it’s 51%) of the population you train are women. A vast number of them will give birth and have “complications” postpartum.

And even if they haven’t recently given birth, once a woman is postpartum she’s ALWAYS postpartum and knowing how to detect and address Distastis Recti is integral.

Increase Your Bench Press By Avoiding These Mistakes – Avi Silverberg

I am admittedly the world’s worst bench presser (countered by the mere fact I am one of the world’s best cuddlers), so I was flummoxed with I was asked to contribute a snidbit to this article.

Just a snidbit, though.

Let’s not get carried away.

This is an excellent article nonetheless and if you’re someone who struggles with their bench press this may help.

Scare Tactics – Michelle Boland

The words we use as coaches/trainers matters.

When someone says something like “deadlifts are dangerous,” most of the time it means the person saying it hasn’t done it enough (or with appropriate technique) to perform it safely in the first place.

Just sayin…

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