Rowing is one of our fundamental movements that everyone should master. It’s relatively easy to find people with a big chest or big legs who are still weak. It’s impossible to find someone with a big back who is weak.
Here’s a playlist of five videos describing the muscles involved in the rowing movement. Namely, the lower traps, the upper traps, the rhomboids, the lats, and a little troubleshooting.
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When someone is brand new to deadlifting, I like to break the movement into three pieces, in the following order:
Top Bottom Middle
There’s a lot to coordinate if you’re not a particularly athletic and physically literate human. Breaking it down into chunks helps you learn.
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So you’ve caught yourself or someone else doing this little lean thing while lunging.
Whatever is going on, you know that it ain’t right. That’s a great start! But… what IS going on?
Addressing the Thorax
There are a few things that might be going on here. I’ll describe them based on how they look.
Lateral translation of the thorax, looks more like a listing pole Side crunching of the thorax, looks more like one shoulder is lower than the other Continue reading
We had a grand ol’ time this past weekend here in San Francisco.
One of the top two meatiest PhDs I know came by to tell us how to create pro-exercise habit loops and build sensorimotor competency in high stress humans.
The other meatiest PhD I know was one of my old professors: Dr. Zach Riley.
Pat Davidson, PhD
Zach Riley, PhD
Pat Davidson is a riot. He’s a high energy, hilarious lecturer.
Last updated: September 8, 2021
The other day I got a question from a friend of mine:
“Hey man my hip flexor, mainly my psoas is tight. Need some advice on how to loosen up. Also I think my pubis symphysis is out of line to”
When I asked how he knew his psoas was the problem, he said:
“A. It hurts B. Watching videos of me standing up Oly lifts out of the hole show I don’t hit full hip extension”
I thought I would answer this question publicly because it’s a common misconception in the fitness industry.
This post will show you when stretching is a waste of your time and when stretching is bad for you. And even when you might want to incorporate it. Spoiler alert: it depends. Continue reading