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Technique Tuesday: 3 Deficit Deadlift Mistakes

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The deficit deadlift makes for some “strong medicine” as Greg Robins likes to say. It’s a high risk, high reward exercise that, if executed properly, can add quick pounds to your deadlift. However, it’s not a great fit for everyone.

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Technique Tuesday: Shin Angle During Lunges

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Many coaches preach a vertical shin angle during lunges, which isn’t inherently wrong. For example, a vertical shin during reverse lunges makes sense; keep the focus on the glutes and hamstrings while minimizing stress on the knees. But what about

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Technique Tuesday: Face Pulls for Shoulder Health

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Face pulls get lumped into the “shoulder health” category, but when you really break it down, the rotator cuff doesn’t get a ton of stimulus if you perform the exercise the traditional way. Usually it just turns into a glorified

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Technique Tuesday: Head Position During the Bench Press

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I never thought I’d have to tell people to keep their head on the bench during the bench press. That is, until it became a thing. Now every powerlifting meet I go to (besides USAPL and IPF where head lifting isn’t

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Technique Tuesday: How to Land from a Heiden

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We use the Heiden with most of our athletes at Cressey Sports Performance because everyone needs to be explosive in the frontal plane (i.e. side-to-side). But what’s most important is being able to decelerate laterally to cut and change directions

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Technique Tuesday: 2 More Tips for Better Kettlebell Swings

kettlebell swings

Kettlebell swings are the best. They’ve got a place in nearly any program for any goal. I’ve talked about them before (here and here), but figured I’d dedicate this Technique Tuesday to fixing the “squat swing”. Sometimes you see lifters do

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Technique Tuesday: Push-Up Variations for Cranky Wrists, Elbows and Shoulders

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Chances are if you’ve trained hard for any period of time, you’ve done a push-up and experienced pain or discomfort in your wrists, elbows or shoulders. That’s not surprising since you’re asking some relatively small joints to support a lot of

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