Posts in "Exercises You Should Be Doing"

Exercises You Should Be Doing: HBT Overhead Press

What the WHAT!?! I know what some of you may be thinking: “Did Tony just recommend an overhead exercise?” Photo Credit: Kurt Stenberg For all intents and purposes, I’m 100% against overhead pressing right? What the hell has happened? Has the world flipped on itself? This is analogous to Donald Trump showcasing an ounce of… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: 1-Arm Low Cable Row

Point to someone with a monster bench press, deadlift, or squat and I’ll point to someone who has monster lats. They’re a massive muscle with an expansive cross-sectional area spanning the entire (upper) backside. Don’t take my word for it, just peruse any anatomy book and notice all the attachment points: vertebral attachments (T6 to the… Read more

The Most Underrated Exercise in Strength and Conditioning? It’s Not Deadlifts.

While I can’t say it’s always been the case (I’ve grown less dogmatic and immature as a coach the older I’ve gotten, I operate under the guise that every exercise has its time and place. Except for maybe this one. If she were juggling a pair of chainsaws while standing on the BOSU balls I… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Hover Deadlift

Anyone who’s read this site for any length of time knows I have an affinity for several things: 1. Matt Damon 2. LOLCats 3. Beef Jerky 4. Star Wars. 5. Deadlifts With regards to strength and conditioning there’s probably no one topic I’ve written about more than the deadlift. And, as it happens, I’m currently… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Bulgarian Split Squat to RDL

I’m always intrigued on why certain exercises are called what they’re called. Take the Turkish get-up for example. I understand there’s a bit more panache in naming the Turkish get-up the Turkish get-up than say, “hold a cannonball looking thingamajig in your hand and stand up,” but seriously: why is it called the Turkish get-up and… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Wall Windshield Wipers & Wall Walks

You could say we know shoulders at Cressey Sports Performance. Because we work with a ton of overhead athletes (and a lot of meatheads who have the uncanny ability to extend “bench day” to 4x per week), we’ve taken it upon ourselves to learn everything there is to know about the shoulder. Give or take…. Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Rotational Deadlift

Anyone who’s ever dealt with Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction or pain knows how much of a soul suck it can be. It’s something that’s very common, but altogether mysterious because it’s such a tricky joint to begin with. This isn’t going to be a post on SI joint dysfunction. There’s really nothing I can say… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: KB Goblet Squat w/ Lowering

It’s hard to imagine a more versatile and “user friendly” exercise than the Goblet squat. I think we should collectively pass it into law that anytime anyone in the fitness industry crosses paths with Dan John, he or she is obligated to give him a high-five for popularizing it. Or buy him a steak. His… Read more