Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 1/3/20

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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…

…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.

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





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New Exercise Alert. . I like simple, non-flashy exercises that don’t take ten minutes to set up, or require a PhD to perform. . I stole this from @gnrobins of @thestrengthhouse . . Like any single leg variation it does a superb job at challenging balance, hip/core stability, and makes a small part of your soul weep. . The key, however, is the COIL (or added rotation of the torso). We’re accustomed to exercises which have us go up/down, forward and back… . …we rarely incorporate transverse plane. Or, rather, “owning” sagittal & frontal plane while adding a transverse flavor. . I love how this exercise feels, and the added hip IR in the lead leg feels divine. . NOTE: If you’re someone with FAI (Femoral Acetabular Impingement) you’re likely better off jumping into a shark’s mouth. . That said, for everyone else – and in particular, for those with SI joint issues, where added rotation can often be beneficial – this drill is a wonderful tweak & change of pace.

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Is BODYPUMP a Good Workout? – Brandon Hall

I was asked to contribute to this piece and feel it does a fantastic job explaining what BODYPUMP is and who it may (or may not) be a good fit for.

This may be a nice article to print out and hand to any friends or family members who are gung-ho this time of year and ready to start exercising.

READ: It’s NOT a take down piece.

Box Jumps: 6-Phase Jumping and Landing Progression – Nick Tumminello

I always appreciate Nick’s approach to training and willingness to keep things simple.

This was a fantastic breakdown on how to properly execute the box jump (I.e., NOT high box jumps).

The 30 Most Effective RDL Variations for Strength & Spine Health – Garrett Sawaia

Like, whoa.

This was an EPIC article.


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