Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 1/31/20

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

1. (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.

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

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

This will be my first ever workshop in the region!

I’m expecting ticker tape parades.

4. Strategic Strength Workshop – Washington, DC: May 17, 2020





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DEADstart Rows. . I have a crush on them. . ✅ I like the “stretch” in the bottom position, when the arm is straightened out, because it allows the shoulder blade (or scapula for any nerds reading) to move AROUND the rib cage. . This is a game changer for overall shoulder health. . ✅ The path should be more of an arc rather than a straight up and down movement. I like to use the cue “bring your elbow to the hip or back pocket.” . ✅ Notice, too, how my client, @lollercoaster24 , STOPS her elbow at the hip and doesn’t go further? . Going past that point doesn’t make the exercise better or more effective, and in fact ensures the shoulder doesn’t “dump forward” into scapular anterior tilt. . ✅ I’m indifferent when it comes to knees on or off the bench, but if I had to choose I’d choose off as it keeps the hips in better alignment and provides an added core stability component (just be sure not to over arch the lower back). . ✅ SIDE NOTE: For an added core component have your clients/athletes perform while on the balls of their feet. Tip courtesy of @melanieredd1 . . Those with a keen eye will notice my client is letting go of the handle at the bottom of each rep. . I’d like to sit here and say there’s a legitimate reason and rationale for it. . Like it helps increase muscle activation by 87% or that it influences the procreation habits of butterflies. 🦋 . Alas, my bad. I just wasn’t paying good enough attention while filming. . I prefer a firm grip throughout. . Nonetheless, awesome exercise and SICK song in the background.

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“How Often Should I Do This?” How to Answer the Homework Question – Dean Somerset

We’re not talking algebra here.

Nope, this article refers to the “homework” (or drills and exercises) we trainers and coaches give our clients to do at home that help address stuff they need to work on more whether it be motor control. stability, bad breath, etc.

5 Unfriendly Low Back Exercises That Are Actually Good For Your Spine – Lana Sova

Relax: No crunches were harmed in the writing of this article.

Conditioning for Beginners – Mike Perry

You need “to earn your conditioning exercise.” Meaning, conditioning doesn’t have to revolve around near death experiences.

For beginners the main goal is for conditioning exercise to be safe, effective, but still allows them to work hard.

Read this article.

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