Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 2/21/20

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First things first: A new season of Clone Wars starts today. No big deal.

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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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If want to “correct shit” you gotta “own shit. . I work with a lot of individuals who complain of shoulder ouchies, especially as it relates to performing stuff overhead. . There are any number of factors to consider: . – Tight lats. – Poor anterior core strength. – Tight pecs. – Wearing blue. . Who knows? Lots of things can run awry. . One factor, however, that often gets glanced over is the congruency of the shoulder blades and rib cage. . I.e., Can a concave scapula play together nicely with a convex rib cage? 🤷‍♂️ One way to accomplish this is to give the Serratus Anterior muscle a little TLC. The serratus is a “reaching” muscle and helps the shoulder blade move AROUND the rib cage. . For those who have been incessantly told to keep the shoulder blades “together & back” – which, to be fair, is important to lift heavy things – it can sometimes lead to faulty mechanics where they’re cemented in place. . Anything which allows more reaching (protraction), in addition to better access to rib cage expansion (movement), can be MONEY for many people. . In this video I’m performing what’s likely the most boring exercise ever created; but it’s accomplishing a lot. . 1️⃣ As I press my hands forward I’m thinking about reaching as far out in front of me as possible (I’m not keeping the shoulder blades still). . Hello serratus. Nice to meet you. . 2️⃣ As I progress overhead I’m reaching upward towards the ceiling with my upper traps, staying careful not to cheat via my lower back. Ribs stay down. . Not coincidentally BOTH – serratus & upper traps – play an integral role in scapular upward rotation. The shoulder blades are designed to move! If overhead activities hurt it could be b/c you’ve programmed yourself to keep them in place. . 3️⃣ At the top I’m OWNING the position (very important) by adding a breath: INHALE through the nose expanding the rib cage all around. Then a FULL, accentuated, EXHALE to get the ribs down and promote a canister position (rib cage stacked over pelvis). It’s harder than it looks. . 4️⃣ Pants optional. . Shout out to @lukewtraining for the idea. . EDIT: an additional shout out to @harris_ssp for inspiration as well.

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The Introverted Personal Trainer’s Guide to Better Networking – Jason Leenaarts

If you’re someone (like me) who prefers to hang out with your cat on a Friday night than this article will help a ton.

What Is Stability Training? – Josh Henkin (via

I’ll tell you what it isn’t: Standing on an unstable surface performing circus tricks.

What to Do When More Exercise and Stricter Dieting Don’t Work – Molly Galbraith

Bookmark this fucker.

SO good.

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