I once worked with a powerlifter who was trying to recover from a recent flare up of back pain. During one of our sessions where we were re-introducing the barbell back squat, he asked if he could use his weightlifting belt. In his mind, a belt was to be used any time you touched theContinue reading WARNING! Stop Wearing A Weightlifting Belt For Back Pain!
There are a few exercises common to strength athletes that require some caution, especially in the context of recovering from back injury. In today’s blog I want to briefly go over the following exercises so that you may better understand their use. Hip Extension “Reverse Hyper” Machine Back Extension Machine or Roman Chair Hip ExtensionContinue reading Reverse Hyper & Roman Chair Back Extensions?
One of the most common questions I receive in reference to the shoulder is, “Do I need more internal rotation?” The answer is, “It depends.” More mobility isn’t always a good thing, especially when it comes to overhead athletes who often have excess motion at this joint. On top of that, we can’t assume someoneContinue reading Do You Need More Internal Rotation?
Hey everyone, my friends at the Shrugged Collective (Barbell Shrugged) are releasing their newest training program this week called the One Ton Challenge. I love the idea and wanted to share it with you. The idea is simple… It’s all about getting as STRONG AS POSSIBLE. The goal is to train specifically to improve yourContinue reading The One Ton Challenge!
When Dr. Aaron Horschig, aka Squat University, asked me to collaborate with him on the topic of “why a weightlifter would want to lift from blocks”, I was incredibly excited. Dr. Horschig is doing an incredible job informing and educating the public regarding the barbell movements. My entire life has been spent competing, coaching, andContinue reading The Use Of Blocks For Weightlifting
Elbow injuries are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Many educated clinicians find that elbow injuries can be confusing and the treatment can be somewhat complicated. If you look at the research, elbow pain almost always ranks as one of the top injured joints amongst strength athletes like weightlifters and powerlifters.1 However, despite being soContinue reading The Lifter’s Guide To Elbow Pain
My Only USA Seminar This Year Will Be In Kansas City! (June 1-2nd, 2019) Location: Do Work CrossFit (Lee’s Summit – just south east of downtown KC) What To Expect Day 1: Movement Mastery Who Can Attend: This course is for those seeking a blueprint for fixing movement errors due to poor mobility or stabilityContinue reading Squat University Seminar (Kansas City)
Welcome back to Squat University. Last month I started a blog series on the topic of Achilles tendinopathy. The first blog introduced a simple model to better understand why the injury process begins and how it progresses. This week I want to continue this conversation and change our focus to the treatment side of things.Continue reading Rehabbing Achilles Tendinopathy
How does someone develop Achilles tendon pain? To answer this question, we first have to discuss a little anatomy. A tendon is a very thick fibrous band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. The Achilles tendon connects the two calf muscles (larger gastrocnemius and smaller soleus) to the back of your heel (calcaneus bone).Continue reading How We Develop Achilles Tendon Pain
I’m Coming Ireland! (April 13-14, 2019) Location: Barrys Fitness (Waterford Ireland) What To Expect Day 1: Movement Mastery Who Can Attend: This course is for those seeking a blueprint for fixing movement errors due to poor mobility or stability that hinder perfect technique. It is designed for the general public and for any health &Continue reading Squat University Seminar (Ireland)