How To Assess And Improve Movement: Part 2

Last week, I talked about how easy it can be to assess your own movement patterns to determine what exercises are appropriate for your body. Not only did I mention how easy it is, but how extremely important as well. An assessment can provide a map of sorts. It gives direction and a framework on how…

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How To Assess And Improve Movement: Part 1

An assessment is an often overlooked but rather important part of a strength training program. Everyone has limitations and movement restrictions that can prevent them from performing certain exercises with correct form. For example, office workers usually have a hard time performing any overhead exercises correctly. Sitting at a desk all day places them into…

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4 Exercises You Need To Do In Your Warm Up

A warm up is usually the most overlooked aspect of a training program. Once the average joe hits the gym, they’re focus is on one thing: the workout. Honestly, this isn’t surprising. The workout is where the majority of people place importance. But a solid warm up can improve performance and reduce injury risk. If…

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How To Properly Train Your Abs

Traditional core training usually consists of things like crunches, sit ups, side bends, russian twists, and the like. Walk into any commercial gym and you will be sure to see those types of exercises. These exercises allow the spine to move through a large range of motion, and do not properly train your abs. Stuart Mcgill,…

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Common Rowing Mistakes

I would argue that rowing or pulling is not done enough in most workout programs. There’s usually lots of pressing and biceps curls 🙂 It’s a shame because rowing is very important to posture and shoulder health. Many jobs now-a-days have you sitting down hunched over at a computer for most of the day. Even…

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3 Tips For Improved Shoulder Health And Function

The shoulder complex is comprised of several different joints. The glenohumeral joint, or what most people think of as the “shoulder” is one of the primary components. This joint has two main players, the humerus and the glenoid fossa. The head of the humerus is larger than the glenoid, which it sits on top of.…

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The Rocking Hip Flexor Stretch

Hip flexion is the act of raising the thigh toward the trunk or bending the trunk toward the thigh. There are several muscles that create hip flexion such as the Iliacus, Psoas, Rectus Femoris, Sartorius, and Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL). There are also a couple muscles that assist in hip flexion such as the Adductor…

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The Romanian Deadlift

Sounds like a torture device, right? Actually the Romanian Deadlift (RDL) is a fantastic exercise, and one I want to talk about a little more in depth today. Often, when you walk into a gym, most squat racks are empty. Except for the guys blasting out curls. This is the norm unfortunately. Many people do…

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