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Category: Mobility (Page 1 of 2)

Shoulder Mobility Exercises — Stay Loose While Getting Strong 💪

Should mobility exercises are an important tool because every lifter will have shoulder problems someday.

The key is to understand what’s going on and have a plan for keeping them loose. Stay proactive!

In this article, I’ll briefly list the pertinent anatomy, give your shoulders some principles to live by, and leave you with a free, 18-minute shoulder mobility circuit.

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Butt Wink – what it is and how to fix it

tl;dr on butt wink

To fix butt wink, follow these rules…

Make sure the knee, hip, and ankle can bend; if they don’t, limit squat depth

Squat with a neutral spine and whole foot pressure in the ground

Consider priming good technique by using a heel elevation or weight in front of the body like in the heels-elevated goblet squat

Lower training volume if fatigue negatively impacts technique

Keep training weight reasonably challenging so that exercise technique remains at minimum 90% perfect

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10 Outstanding Quad Stretches (And Why I Hate Them)

tl;dr

I offer my 10 best quad stretches. We discuss why your quads or hips might feel tight and why your hip or knee might hurt. We talk about when stretching isn’t the best solution for pain. I offer alternatives to stretching that might better solve your problems. We talk about the negative and positive side effects of stretching. We even talk about seemingly unrelated causes of quad tightness. I leave you with a short appendix on the pertinent anatomy (because what else would you expect from someone with a masters degree in anatomy?).

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Safely Reaching the Arms Overhead

Are you one of those people who likes to do overhead barbell pressing… but has no business pressing a barbell overhead?

How do you get your arms overhead? How do your clients get their arms overhead? Do you have the range of motion to do it safely? Or are you just overloading your back and irritating your shoulders?

I don’t want to sit here and pretend to tell you that I have the magic answer. It doesn’t work like that.

What I CAN offer you, however, is some insight on some of the things that have seemed to work for me… even the things that are a little counterintuitive.

Today we’ll discuss some things that have helped my clients safely perform overhead work.

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