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Technique Tuesday: Making Squats More Joint Friendly

When it comes to pain during squats, most people think knees, hips and lower back. But what if back squats bug your shoulders and elbows? Traditional low-bar back squatting can make these joints pretty cranky over time, especially if you’re

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Technique Tuesday: Lowering the Bar During the Sumo Deadlift

I cover sumo deadlifts in part two of this Technique Tuesday series on how to lower the bar back to the floor. Sumo is tricky for several reasons, and getting back into the right position for each successive rep takes

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Technique Tuesday: Lowering the Bar during the Conventional Deadlift

I had an online client email me the other day and ask, “How should I put the bar back down after each rep of my deadlifts?” I stared at the screen blankly for a second, thinking, “Isn’t it obvious?” Then

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Technique Tuesday: Coaching Cues for Packing the Neck

packing the neck

“Where the head goes, the body will follow.” This holds true for almost any exercise that requires proper spinal alignment (aka EVERY exercise). If your head is in the wrong position, the rest of your body will be too. So

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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

face pulls

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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