Training Beyond the Saggital Plane

Whether we’re new to strength training or crushing WODs like it’s our jobs, getting strong in the saggital plane is necessary for strength and power development. As a powerlifting wannabe, squats, deadlifts and presses are my life, but it can’t be my whole life. Lifters are required to be really great at just a few main lifts (three for powerlifting …

The Fundamentals of Hip Mobility For Lifters

Houston, we have a problem. That is, a stability problem, not a mobility problem. Last week, I talked through the secret ingredient for achieving optimal shoulder health and movement for barbell overhead pressing. (Read it HERE.) The Cliff Notes version: Trainees in the lifting world are spending an excessive amount of time on shoulder mobility techniques while ignoring stability. We …

The Mobility Drill To Rule Them All: TD Mobs

You know what will never get old in the fitness world? Confusion. Confusion about diets, confusion around exercise, and my new favorite, confusion around mobility techniques. The deeper we go into the health and fitness world, the more we realize that there are a thousand and one “solutions” for a single problem.  I personally don’t mind having so many options, but then …

Energy Leaks and Developing Baseline Strength

Some fitness pros prefer to call weaknesses in our kinetic chain as “weak links.”  I prefer to call them “energy leaks” which occur through deficiencies in movement quality, tissue quality, structural integrity or programming, not just muscles. Energy leaks tend to evolve. At best, such leaks hold us back from optimal movement and performance. At worse, they create more energy leaks that lead …

The Biggest Training Mistake Every Lifter Makes

Recently on Twitter the President threw a temper tantrum my good friend Tony Gentilcore commented that “easy lifting” is oftentimes the best kind of lifting there is for creating change. Easy" lifting is oftentimes GREAT strength training. Quit it with the (excessive) sets to failure and forced reps. Not missing reps matters — Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore1) March 12, 2017 Clients that …