Posts in "Assessment"

Strong Traps, Healthy Shoulders

A funny thing happens whenever I inform someone (namely, guys) they need to hit their upper traps more. The immediately go into Bane mode: Visions of heavy barbell shrugs, breaking Batman’s back, and walking around asking people “do you feel in charge?” run rampant. It’s all well and good, I have nothing against shrugs. I… Read more

It’s Coming: The Complete Shoulder and Hip Blueprint

Much like Winter in Game of Thrones……It’s coming. Except, you know, in this case “it” has less to do with the Night King, White Walkers, and the impending doom of man, and more to do with shoulder and hip assessment, corrective exercise, strength & conditioning, and programming strategies to optimize performance in the weight room…. Read more

The Forgotten, Often Overlooked Cause of Low Back Pain

There are many root causes of low back pain and discomfort, and there are many people who’s day to day lives are affected by it. Copyright: maridav / 123RF Stock Photo In my neck of the woods – Strength & Conditioning – the culprit(s) can often be displayed on the weight room floor. Lifters who… Read more

Addressing the Stone Cold Facts of Training Athletes

Remember that show diary on MTV? You know, the one that aired back in the early to mid-2000s? The documentary style show centered mostly on musicians and celebrities and followed them through their daily lives. Each episode started with said celebrity looking into the camera and saying….. “You think you know, but you have no idea.”… Read more

A Common Mistake People Make With Thoracic Extension

Thoracic (mid-back) extension is kind of a big deal. Without turning this into an anatomy lesson, t-spine extension is important for a variety of reasons. In no particular order: It’s what the mid-back (T1-T12) is designed to do.  However, due to the long hours many of us tend to accumulate at work and at home… Read more

Stretch the Tight?

Note From TG: It’s July 4th. I’m in Maine. There’s no way I was writing a new post today, so I decided to repurpose the post below. It coincides with Dean Somerset’s Ruthless Mobility, which is currently on sale at half-off the regular price. The sale ends TODAY. Toodles!  I started with a new client… Read more

3 Unconventional Ways to Move Better

Counting today’s post, four out of my last five entries have had a number included in the title. That’s never happened before. Wanna know what else I’ve never done? Gotten a speeding ticket. Tried calamari. Deadlifted 2000 lbs. Cried to the movie Notting Hill. Nevertheless, in conjunction with Dean Somerset putting his Ruthless Mobility resource… Read more

The Difference Between Good and Bad Stiffness

Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about muscles here. Having “tight” or “stiff” muscles is often viewed as a bad thing. Not Jillian Michaels trying to teach a kettlebell swing bad, but bad nonetheless. And, truth be told, it can be. When someone presents with a (true) muscular length limitation there are… Read more