The goal this month is to improve midline control and strength in order to improve your kip during movements like pull-ups, toes to bar, muscle-ups and HSPU. A lot of times (myself included) we end up swinging on the bar or allowing our butt to relax on the wall during HSPU. This means minimal midline … Continue reading September Challenge – Midline Control to Improve Your Kip
This is going to be complimentary info to a friend's post on the importance of being able to touch your toes (read here). In mobility class we frequently go over ways to increase a persons' ability to touch their toes, which in turn improves your overall athletic ability in movements such as the deadlift and squat. … Continue reading Improve Your Toe Touch. Improve Your Performance.
Most of my day is spent standing or walking around. I should be grateful because most people would prefer to be standing rather than sitting all day at work. And I am glad that I don't have to sit a lot, but we always want what we don't have! So sitting for long periods can … Continue reading Standing habits affect the way you move
Do you find yourself thinking/saying any of the following? What do you mean when you say "keep your midline stable" How the heck do I keep my midline tight and breathe....in addition to kicking butt in my workout When I try to activate my midline, I feel like I just bear down (like going to … Continue reading Breathe & Stay Tight at the Same Time?!?
The importance of variability in anything we do is not rocket science. Look at runners who only run.......injury over time. And this doesn't just go for running, but any other training that only focuses on one direction, or the same movements over and over again (like some CrossFit programming or Tennis). Our body needs variability … Continue reading Variability in Programming for Tissue Health
When is the correct time to start kipping pull-ups? Is there a recommended number of strict pull-ups an athlete should have before they kip? Are these rules actually enforced and do they need to be? The real answer to this debate is that YOU as the athlete have to take matters into your own hands. … Continue reading Kipping Pull-up Debate
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a test that I did frequently in California, and am slowly incorporating it in with my work in Denver. You can read more detail about this screen here, but what I like about it is that it gives someone real data based on their mobility, stability, and asymmetrical movements. … Continue reading Finding Balance Between Mobility & Stability
There's been a lot of talk about wrist discomfort so I wanted to bring back a post that I wrote a while back for CrossFit Southbay. The cause for wrist discomfort can include problems at the wrist, but can also stem from the shoulders, neck, thoracic spine, or even your squat! Here are my thoughts … Continue reading Give Your Wrists a Break
Most of the time we are told not to round our back, during exercise and bending over throughout the day. We our told that rounding our back is bad beause it can cause injury. And although the spine is meant to bend and move in various ways, there are certain times where te spine should … Continue reading A Rounded Low Back: why it’s bad
Muscle in the Spotlight: Levator Scaplua Location: this muscle originates from the first 4 cervical vertebrae and inserts onto the top/medial angle of the scapula (shoulder blade) Function: - elevates and rotates the scapula downward - rotates and sidebends neck to the opposite direction The levator scapula creates movement in the neck and shoulder … Continue reading Muscle Spotlight: Levator Scapula