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 …

Form Fix: The Hip Twist

Once you start learning Pilates, you realize that that every exercise builds on another. The mat exercises form the basis of movements on the reformer and cadillac; which is further intensified or supported on equipments like the ladder barrel, spine corrector, and arc barrel. It all circles back. I call them “Circle of Life” exercise. Like in the Lion King. …

Swapping Road Races for Powerlifting

For years, I dedicated 90% of my workouts to cardio. I ran 2-6 miles as early as 5:30am several times a week, and finished the day with an evening spin class. Even on days I focused on strength training, I still ended the workout with a run on the treadmill. Unlike most cardio bunnies, my aggressive cardio sessions were driven …