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Technique Tuesday: 2 Tips for Better Bird Dogs

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As far as warm-up drills go, Bird Dogs hit a little bit of everything: core stability, hip extension and shoulder flexion primarily. For that reason, it’s one of my favorite exercises to get the body ready to move heavy weight.

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Technique Tuesday: 3 Ways to Make Planks Harder

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People are always looking for ways to make planks harder, and today’s Technique Tuesday will show you how to do exactly that. And we’re not going the obvious route of adding weight or increasing the time of the set. Instead,

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Technique Tuesday: Cable Chops and Lifts for Core and Shoulder Stability

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This week’s Technique Tuesday covers cable chops and lifts, a group of anterior core exercises that we use all the time at Cressey Sports Performance. Along with hammering the abs from multiple directions, cable chops and lifts encourage good shoulder

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Technique Tuesday: What Bench T-Spine Mobilizations Can Teach You About Squats and Deadlifts

Many people struggle with the concept of “Chest up, ribs down” during squats and deadlifts. It’s tough to extend through the upper back without hyperextending the lower back and disengaging the core muscles. It’s equally tough to keep the ribs

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Technique Tuesday: How to Use a Lifting Belt to Brace Your Core

One of the most common questions I get asked by clients is, “Should I use a lifting belt?” Lifting belts are often misunderstood. Do they protect your lower back? Do they make your abs stronger? Or weaker? The answer is,

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5 Kettlebell Tips from a Former KB Dummy

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, I’m not old (yet) and I’ve learned some new tricks recently that have dramatically improved my personal training arsenal as well as my clients’. Since working with the staff at

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Technique Tuesday: Breathing During the Deadlift

This week’s Technique Tuesday shows you how to use your breathing to brace your torso during the deadlift. This will protect your back AND help you lift more weight. Breathing during the deadlift can be tricky. There’s more to it

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