Posts in "Exercise Technique"

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Skater Squats

Today’s guest post by San Diego based personal trainer, Scott Hansen, is quite fortuitous. I’m in a bit of a writing funk and this, for better or worse (likely the latter), allowed me to lean into my procrastinating ways. Thanks Scott!…;o) I posted my own version of Skater Squats yesterday on IG HERE. Pretty badass,… Read more

Form Fix: Forearm Wall Slides

If you have a shoulder (or two) chances are there’s been a time in your life where things haven’t felt great. This sentiment is only amplified if you happen to be someone who lives an active lifestyle playing sports and/or enjoys lifting heavy things. There are a myriad of culprits that can lead to shoulder… Read more

The Undeniable, Stone Cold #1 Mistake People Make When Performing Pushups

Push-Ups. I get it. On a scale of 1 to NASCAR they’re not very exciting. They’re not exciting to perform, much less write about. You think I want to sit here and write about push-ups? I can think of a litany of things I’d rather write about: Standing in line at the Post Office. Rugs…. Read more

The Benefits of Wearing a Weight Belt: And When Not Wearing One is Beneficial Too

Whether or not to wear a weight belt when lifting weights can be a conundrum. On one side of the fence you have those who swear by it and would never think about lifting (much less looking) at a weight without one. Not exactly ideal. And then on the other side you have those people… Read more

4 Non Pull-Up Exercises to Help Build Your Pull-Up

All this week my good friend (and pull-up GodMistress), Meghan Callaway, has placed her renowned Ultimate Pull-Up Program on sale at 40% off the regular price. It only makes sense that I use a few posts this week to highlight some of my thoughts and programming suggestions on the topic. I mean, you’re not here… Read more

Blood Flow Restriction: The Holy Grail of Gimmicks?

As this post goes live Lisa and I are en route to Australia. I’d like to sit here and say I’m doing something productive with 20 hours on a plane like reading a book, catching up on some writing, or, I don’t know, looking lovingly into my wife’s eyes. But in reality I’m probably watching… Read more

Alignment Affects ROM

I had a new client start at CORE recently who, before we even met in person, let it be known that 1) he hated techno and 2) he hated squats. Well, why don’t you let me know how you really feel? Personally, whenever I email someone for the first time, my approach is to just,… Read more

Individualizing Your Squat Stance

I’ve often championed the notion that there’s “no such thing as textbook technique.” How we’re taught to execute certain exercises in a textbook often won’t translate to the real world because, well, we don’t live in textbooks. This is a theme that’s hit on several times in The Complete Trainers’ Toolbox. Sam Spinelli, one of… Read more